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To continue the Virtual Theatre Project, join the Abbey Theater of Dublin in its productions of the following shows online this winter.
Martin Luther King Jr.’s ‘Letter from a Birmingham Jail’
In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the Abbey Theater of Dublin presents an encore, on-demand streaming presentation of Troy Anthony Harris’ adaptation and performance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
- Encore streaming on-demand viewing: Jan. 15 – 18
- Cost: Free
- Where: Streaming above and on the City of Dublin’s Facebook page or Abbey Theater of Dublin’s YouTube channel
- Synopsis: In April 1963, Martin Luther King Jr. was jailed in Birmingham, Alabama. He had defied a state court injunction by leading a march of black protesters without a permit and urging an Easter boycott of white-owned stores. A statement published in The Birmingham News, written by eight moderate white clergymen, criticized the march and other demonstrations. This prompted King to write a lengthy response, begun in the margins of the newspaper. He smuggled it out with the help of his lawyer, and the nearly 7,000 words were transcribed. The Abbey Theater of Dublin presents Troy Anthony Harris’ adaptation and performance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.”
Diary of Recovering Daughters
- Live stream viewing: Thursday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m.
- Streaming on-demand viewing: Thursday, Jan. 21 – Thursday, Jan. 28
- Due to the Stay-at-Home Advisory extension, we are no longer able to provide an in-person experience for the Diary of Recovering Daughters Thursday, Jan. 21 performance at 7 p.m. Instead, you can enjoy this performance from the comfort of your home anytime between Jan. 21 and 28.
- Cost: $10/stream; Purchase Tickets Here
- Synopsis: Through a series of monologues, a retired African American female counselor looks back on her years of being a mental health and chemical dependency counselor. As she packs up her office on her last day of work, she remembers some of the women whom she counseled, their struggles and the similarities between their life and her journey with recovering from her own past. A world premiere play written and performed by award-winning theatre artist Julie Whitney Scott.
- In association with Dublin Jerome High School
- Live stream viewing: Thursday, Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.
- Streaming on-demand viewing: Jan. 29 – 31
- Cost: $10/stream; Purchase Tickets Here
- Synopsis: A regional premiere! Welcome to Future, an unincorporated village being monitored by Society. The village population—five randomly selected children—is driven by a national effort to develop “appropriately adapted young citizens.” Upon arriving, the residents are given a book bag of supplies and a smartphone. The smartphone is their only connection to mainstream America and is constantly fed with a steady stream of news, entertainment and culture. At the end of each day, the residents meet to share what they have learned. A countdown clock looms over the meeting area and continues counting down. Having lived in Future for 12 years, the residents are now 18. It is their last day together, their final meeting under the clock. Their book bags are well-worn, their smartphones are in need of an upgrade. Today, at 00:00:00, they will learn of their next residence outside of Future.
Written and Performed by Priyanka Shetty
- In-person and Live streaming: Feb. 19 – 20 at 7 p.m.
- Streaming on demand: Feb. 21 – 28
- Cost: $10/ticket or stream; Purchase Tickets Here
- Synopsis: #Charlottesville is a solo play about the Unite the Right white supremacist rally and the subsequent riots that took place from Aug. 11–12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Virginia. The piece is constructed verbatim from interviews with local residents who were impacted by the events and explores the deep-seated racial inequities that have existed historically in Charlottesville. Written and performed by award-winning international theatre artist Priyanka Shetty.
Could You Hug A Cactus?
- In association with DCRC’s Preschool/Youth Program and DCRC’s Adaptive Services
- Streaming: March 3 at 7 p.m.
- Cost: FREE; Watch on City of Dublin’s Facebook
- Synopsis: “Could You Hug a Cactus?” is a virtual musical written to be rehearsed remotely, performed virtually and shared with audiences online. The storyline is linear, made up of monologues and songs intended to be performed as solos. Based on a collection of whimsical poems by Phillip Van Wagoner, this musical revue follows a group of kids as they come together to create a show that’s bursting with poems and creativity.
Bound for Broadway — Frozen KIDS
- Premiere: March 13 – 14 @ 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.
- Where: In-person and live feed to the DCRC Community Hall
- Cost: $10/ticket; Purchase Tickets Here
- Synopsis: Frozen KIDS is a 30-minute adaptation of the 2018 Broadway musical, which was based on the 2013 Walt Disney Animation Studios film. You’ll love this fanciful and heartwarming stage adaptation of the celebrated animated film. Join Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and all of your favorite characters as they embark on an epic, ice-filled journey of self-discovery, camaraderie, and the real meaning of true love. Frozen KIDS is sure to prove that “some people are worth melting for.”
Songs for a New World
- A co-production with State of the Arts Productions
- In-person: March 19 – 21 and March 25 – 27 at 8 p.m.
- Cost: $15/ticket; Purchase Tickets Here
- Synopsis: It’s about one moment. It’s about hitting the wall and having to make a choice… or take a stand… or turn around and go back. These are the stories and characters of today, the Songs for a New World. The first musical from Tony Award winner Jason Robert Brown, this moving collection of powerful songs examines life, love and the choices that we make.
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For questions, contact Joe Bishara, Theater Supervisor for the Abbey Theater, at 614.410.4554 or firstname.lastname@example.org.