When the curtain closed on large gatherings due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Abbey Theater of Dublin worked creatively to take their shows online. From virtual auditions and rehearsals to recording and streaming performances, the Abbey Theater brings the performing arts directly to the Dublin community through its new series called the Virtual Theater Project.
Marie Regina: The Life of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots
After 19 years of imprisonment, Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, was beheaded by her cousin Queen Elizabeth I of England in 1587. Why was she beheaded? Was Mary really the adulterer and murderer that her enemies claimed her to be? This world premiere production streamed online will explore the life and death of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots. Written and performed by Nikki Davis.
Scenes from a Quarantine
Did you know COVID-19 likes to be known as Co? What if Romeo and Juliet missed their marriage by one day because of a stay-at-home order? Would they still make it?You might recognize the people in Scenes from a Quarantine. The person who thinks quarantine is going to be easy. The person whose life changed overnight. The person who thinks hairdressers are an essential service. The person who just wants to use class meetings to talk.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show July 17, 2020.
Wellness Check (Blue and Green cast performances)
Set to be performed in a video conference call/online meeting, three characters struggle with wellness in uncertain times. A teacher tries too hard by calling themselves “Friendly.” A high achieving student has memorized the wellness check questions but in reality, isn’t doing so well. An underachiever needs to improve their grade, which is kind of hard with nine suspensions.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show July 10, 2020.
MOSAIC: Patriotic Virtual Concert
Youth pop group Sweet N Sour helped ring in Independence Day with a virtual performance including song, dance, musical theater, poetry and photography. The event, produced by the Abbey Theater of Dublin, also featured the Columbus Children’s Choir and Dr. Amit Majmudar, former Ohio poet laureate.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show July 3, 2020. Learn more about Sweet N Sour.
Watch Staged Reading of MLK’s ‘Letter from Birmingham Jail’
As part of the Virtual Theatre Project, Dublin’s Abbey Theater presented a staged reading of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail” in honor of Juneteenth, which recognizes the Emancipation Proclamation and the end of slavery.
The Abbey Theater premiered the show June 19, 2020. Read a preview of the online performance.
‘The Show Must Go Online’ Spreads Musical Theater Remotely
“The Show Must Go Online!” is the first of its kind 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. When these scenes are video recorded and played in sequence, it presents a complete musical theater experience available to any audience with an internet connection.
Actors practice their parts, video conference with or record the director their rehearsal, and receive real time or remote acting adjustments and direction. This clear format facilitates distance learning for drama students and directors.
This show was created during the COVID-19 pandemic when schools and theaters were abruptly forced to cancel their stage productions. “The Show Must Go Online!” was made specifically for all the young performers and communities affected by this unprecedented circumstance.
The Abbey Theater of Dublin premiered the show May 22, 2020. Read a preview of the online performance.