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Picks of the Week: Eight Virtual Theater Events that Support Local Artists

There are some exciting virtual events happening this week to satisfy your craving for theater. Here are our picks of the week that support local artists.

Theatre Raleigh’s The Scottsboro Boys Reunion: Arguably one of the best productions last year, Theatre Raleigh is bringing the cast and creatives back for a reunion special on May 24th on YouTube. Find out more about the show by listening to the RDU on Stage podcast interview with Dramaturg Moses T. Alexander Greene here.

Burning Coal Theatre’s The Heretic: Through May 28th, audiences can stream Burning Coal’s 2013 production of Richard Bean’s The Heretic on Twitch. In this comedy, a scientist’s world is turned upside down when a report she wants to publish clashes with some of her peer’s beliefs. For more information, visit https://www.twitch.tv/burningcoaltheatre/.

Cary Playwrights’ Forum PlaySlam: The Lord might giveth, and the virus may taketh away, but nothing is going to stop Cary Playwrights’ Forum from hosting a virtual PlaySlam. This show was originally scheduled to occur live and in-person at The Cary Theater. Now, participants will be able to watch the plays free on Facebook Live and then vote for their favorite to be crowned Mr. or Mrs. PlaySlam. For more information visit the CPF Event Page. The event is scheduled for Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 PM.

Theatre Raleigh’s Living Room Live featuring Ray Walker: Ray Walker’s Broadway credits include Les Miserables and Jesus Christ Superstar. This Wednesday he joins Lauren Kennedy Brady for Theatre Raleigh’s Living Room Live concert series. For more information, visit the Theatre Raleigh YouTube Channel.

Burning Coal Theatre’s KidsWrite 2020: The KidsWrite Festival was created in 2004 to encourage young writers in central NC by producing their original one act plays. Finalists are chosen from numerous submissions. Those scripts are produced at the theatre and then published in a book available for purchase. After receiving a record number of play submissions, this year’s featured playwrights include: Chicken Fights by Pranav Gadiraju (Young Writer’s Institute), Man Attempts to Peel an Orange by Sam Harris, Silver Lining by Abigail Celoria (N. Raleigh Christian Academy), Elevated Egos by Spencer Fitzgerald, Catherine Shamel, and Keetyn Weeks (Moore Square Magnet Middle School), and
Governor Dump by Vivek Indlamuri (Young Writer’s Institute). The plays will be performed via Twtich on May 29th at 7 PM. For more information visit the Burning Coal Theatre Event Page.

Freakshow: A Virtual Theatrical Spectacular: The Women’s Theatre Festival proudly presents Freakshow by Carson Kreitzer. This live virtual theatrical spectacular will be streamed directly into audience’s homes. In producing this full-length show, the creative team explores all manner of staging, set, and lighting opportunities presented by the new digital proscenium. “The spectacle of Freakshow will dazzle and discomfort the audience,” says co-director Rowen Haigh, “but the heart of the story is about love, sacrifice, and choosing to put others’ happiness above your own.”  Stage management team member Key Alexander knows “audiences will be surprised by how very connected the cast is despite being miles apart and how the tech elements meld everything together so seamlessly.” The show opens May 29th and runs through May 31st. Tickets are $10. For more information visit WTF’s Event Page.

ONGOING

The New Colossus: Piedmont Laureate Tamara Kissane has turned her critically acclaimed play into an audio drama. Read Jasmine Gallup’s review of the production and then stream the podcast episodes here.

Star Gazing with North Carolina Theatre: In this video series, North Carolina Theatre’s Producing Artistic Director Eric Woodall revisits some of NCT’s star-studded productions by spotlighting some stellar performances. Check out the performances from North Carolina favorites Laurel Harris, Nick Sanchez, Lauren Kennedy Brady, Martin Moran, Jason Gotay, Beth Leavel, Andrew Chappelle, and English Bernhardt. This event is ongoing. Visit the NC Theatre YouTube Channel for more information.

RDU on Stage is continuing its virtual event lineup. For a complete schedule, visit the RDU on Stage Calendar Page. To submit an event to RDU on Stage, email rduonstage{at}gmail.com. We’ll see you at the theater (one way or another).

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