Theatre During COVID-19:

Live Theatre during the Pandemic Adapts, Continues

Published September 2020

 

Since early 2020 theatres have been shuttered. Besides the serious cultural loss that our community faces when a theatre closes, even for a season, there are real human impacts as well. Actors who rely on Guild Insurance have found themselves without work and healthcare. Jobs conducive to part-time or supplemental income work, such as the restaurant and hotel industry, are not available as a lifeline to those out of work in the front or back of house during theatre closures.

 

In difficult times the theatre can transport us to a different place and time. We can be a different person or on a different planet.

 

Happily, there are fall theatre performances that keep our community’s health and safety as a priority. BYOP: bring your own popcorn!

 

Online Shows

 

Leo Lionni’s Frederick

Produced by Chicago Children’s Theatre

Tickets: https://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/event/leo-lionnis-frederick/

 

PorchlightPalooza

Produced by Porchlight Music Theatre

Tickets (Free): https://app.mobilecause.com/e/CJGOjg?vid=b9i8r

 

The Pursuit of Happiness Cabaret

Produced by BoHo Theatre

Tickets (Free): https://bohotheatre.com

 

Ryan Opera Center at Home

Produced by Lyric Opera of Chicago

Tickets (Free): https://www.lyricopera.org/ryan-opera-center/ryan-opera-center-events-media/

 

Stateville Voices

Produced by the Goodman Theatre and Northwestern Prison Education Program

Tickets (Free): https://www.goodmantheatre.org/stateville

 

Alas

Produced by the Trap Door Theatre

Tickets: http://trapdoortheatre.com

 

The International Voices Project 2020 Virtual Festival

Produced by the International Voices Project

Tickets (Free): https://www.ivpchicago.org/attend2020

 

Home/Land

Produced by the Albany Park Theater Project

Tickets (Free): https://vimeo.com/albanyparktheater

 

Sunset 1919

Produced by Lookingglass Theatre Company

Tickets (Free): https://lookingglasstheatre.org/event/sunset-1919/

 

My Magic Breath

Produced by Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chicago Children’s Theatre

Tickets (Free): https://cso.org/cso-from-home/watch/my-magic-breath/ v

 

Pride and Prejudice: A Virtual Play

Produced by Lifeline Theatre

Tickets: http://lifelinetheatre.com/performances/2020-2021/pride-and-prejudice2020/

 

Closet Play: A Benefit Concert

This is one of four plays available online as part of REIGNITE!

Produced by PrideArts (formerly Pride Films and Plays)

Tickets: https://pridearts.org/reignite-a-four-show-virtual-season/

 

Half Hour Theatre Podcast

Produced by Steppenwolf Theatre

Tickets (Free): https://www.steppenwolf.org/tickets--events/half-hour-theatre-podcast/

 

 

Outdoor and Drive-in Shows

 

Destinos al Aire Outdoor Social Distance Film Festival

Produced by The Chicago Latino Theater Alliance (CLATA)

Tickets: https://www.clata.org

Currently Sold Out

 

Under the Stars with Handbag: A Drive-In Festival

Produced by Hell in a Handbag

Tickets: https://handbagdrivein.bpt.me

 

Drive-In Theatre: Beatrix Potter and Friends

Produced by Chicago Children’s Theatre

Tickets: https://chicagochildrenstheatre.org/event/drive-in-theatre-potter/

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