With shows cancelled or postponed due to COVID-19, many theatres are streaming their productions or posting archived recordings of past performaces. Here is a current list of those streaming options.
16th Street Theater: With a spirit of resilience, adaptation, and invitation, a group of theaters across the country came together to create the Play At Home project, a series of 10-minute plays commissioned to inspire joy and connection for all. www.playathome.org/
Albany Park Theater Project: Has video clips and full-length productions on Vimeo at vimeo.com/albanyparktheater
Annoyance Theatre: You can stream their show "Out of Touch" which was created shortly before the shelter-in-place order. There is a suggested donation of $5. www.theannoyance.com/lockin
Artemisia: Is producing a weekly series of podcasts, moderated by artistic director Julie Proudfoot and released each Monday morning. artemisiatheatre.org/podcast
Black Button Eyes Productions: Is presenting the world premiere of Masque of the Red Coronavirus, a free online-only script and video experience, written and directed by Producing Artistic Director Ed Rutherford and adapted, in part, from Edgar Allen Poe's short story The Masque of Red Death. www.blackbuttoneyes.com/masque-of-the-red-coronavirus
Black Ensemble Theater: Streaming a series called "Ask Us." Jackie Taylor's pioneering troupe has refuted outdated assumptions governing African-American theater over the last fifty years to attract a multicultural following, and in this live-feed series, the senior artists show you what it looks like and share backstories of how they did it. www.facebook.com/BlackEnsembleTheater
Broadway in Chicago: Launched "Around Broadway in 80 Days." Invited those who played or were scheduled to play a qualifying role at an IHSMTA participating school this year or you are an alumni of the program to upload a 1-3 minute long performance video (song, dance, song & dance) of a musical theatre song to be included in Broadway In Chicago's Around Broadway in 80 Days. www.broadwayinchicago.com and on social media #AroundBroadwayIn80Days.
Chicago Children's Theatre: Chicago Children's newest virtual offering, "Doll Face Has a Party!", is a charming, zany, 10-minute toy theater show directed by Brian Selznick. youtube.com Also, will turn its parking lot into a drive-in theater. Families will be able to park their cars and watch a filmed version of the popular CCT production based on the work of the British author and creator of such iconic characters as Peter Rabbit, Timmy Tiptoes and Jemima Puddle-Duck. Patrons can remain in their cars or sit on lawn chairs. Oct. 1-18 at Chicago Children's Theatre, 100 S. Racine St. chicagochildrenstheatre.org
Chicago Latino Theater Alliance: will have a drive-in movie presentation of film and live performance for its upcoming "Destinos al Aire," taking place Sept. 17 at Chi-Town Movies, 2343 S. Throop St. in Pilsen and it will also be live-streamed. www.clata.org
Chicago Shakespeare Theater: Created "Shakes@Home" on its website. Whether you're teaching remotely or looking for a fun activity for the family this weekend, they have got you covered. Explore education tools, centuries of critical thinking, artistic interpretation, and more. www.chicagoshakes.com/about_us/resources
Clock Productions: Their annual theatre festival is going virtual. BLACK JOY is a World Premiere featuring a variety of original scenes, songs, and spoken word pieces, all written and performed by Black artists. The festival will have a Facebook premiere on October 9th and also be available to stream October 9th thru the 23rd on Clock's website. clockproductionschicago.com/blackjoy/
ComedySportz Chicago: The ComedySportz building may be closed, but they can still make you laugh with lots of virtual offerings including kids shows, workshops and their famous ComedySportz shows. www.cszchicago.com
Congo Square Theatre: Presenting "Hit 'Em on the Blackside", a Congo Square's new online series, featuring the company's award-winning African American ensemble in bi-weekly sketch comedy webisodes. www.congosquaretheatre.org
Court Theatre: Created "What's Up? With Matthew Sitz" with the director of audience services whos interviews theater members. In "Court Context," artistic director Charles Newell talks abiout past productions including "Oedipus Rex," "Adventures of Augie March," "Native Son," "All My Sons" and "Caroline, or Change". www.facebook.com/CourtTheatre
First Folio Theatre: Streaming two new reading series, The First Folio Storytellers Series and First Folio Bedtime Tales until July 15, 2021.
Folks Operetta: For a limited time they are showcasing some of their past productions from their archives. Don't miss this incredible opportunity to see some of the rarest operettas in the world. First up is our 2015 American premiere of Leo Fall's 1908 comic masterpiece, The Girl in the Train (Die Geschiedene Frau). folksoperetta.org
Free Street Theater: Put together a number of videos online. vimeo.com/freestreet. Also, presenting "Always Nothing Else" to stream online from April 25 - May 2. www.firstfloortheater.com
Goodman Theatre: Has "Intermission" to stay connected through video clips. www.goodmantheatre.org/Intermission
The Hideout: Is on Twitch with a changing lineup and virtual tip jar. www.twitch.tv/hideoutchicago
Joffrey Ballet: Streaming clips of shows as well as documentary type videos. www.youtube.com/user/TheJoffreyBallet
Littlebrain Theatre: Announce the release of an original filmed play, "Groups of Ten or More People". The hour-long play will be available to view for free on Littlebrain Theatre's YouTube channel.
Lookingglass Theatre: Announced the new digital membership: The Secret Passage, which includes exclusive programming of enthralling stories, virtual delights and artist engagement opportunities. lookingglasstheatre.org
Lucky Plush Productions: They are streaming 25+ classes a week, seven days a week, via their new Virtual Dance Lab in partnership with University of Chicago. www.luckyplush.com/virtual-dance-lab
Lyric Opera Chicago: Will present the virtual event "Lawrence Brownlee and Friends: The Next Chapter." The 75-minute virtual Ryan Opera Center concert will stream live on Lyric's YouTube and Facebook channels. www.lyricopera.org/lawrence-brownlee-and-friends
Magic Parlour: Chicago magician Dennis Watkins' show at the Palmer House Hilton has been adapted into "The Magic Parlour Happy Hour," a weekly Facebook Live feed. 6 p.m. Thursdays at www.facebook.com/TheMagicParlour
Neo-Futurists: Has created "The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral." The Infinite Wrench Goes Viral! 30 Digital Plays in 60 Analog Minutes is an online adaptation of their in-the-flesh, ongoing, ever-changing attempt to perform thirty plays in sixty minutes for a live audience. They begin a new chapter of Neo-Futurist experimentation with new forms and new means of participation. neofuturists.org/events/the-infinite-wrench-goes-viral/
Otherworld Theatre: Otherworld Theatre and the Stupid Shakespeare Company proudly present "Merchant of Sesame Street". This virtual parody of The Merchant of Venice and Sesame Street will premiere on Otherworld's YouTube page on Saturday, September 19th. www.otherworldtheatre.org
Paramount Theatre: Has been running Connection: A Social Media Concert Series, with an open call for submissions to crowdsource songs, stories, poems, and even dance pieces, around a different theme each week. Connection concerts drop every Saturday at 8 pm CST on Paramount's social feeds and website. www.youtube.com
PlayMakers Laboratory: Is taking its signature revue online with That's Weird, Grandma: House Par-Tay, featuring a creative line-up of stories written by elementary school students, adapted and performed by professional actors and directed by Artistic Director Brandon Cloyd. Streaming will be via Patreon, with a new line-up released every Monday. www.playmakerslab.org/
Porchlight Music Theatre: Porchlight Music Theatre's Artistic Director Michael Weber takes the audience on a guided tour of Broadway's history from the late 1800s to the present day. Weber shares the story of how the American idiom, the musical, was created decade by decade with many new musical performances starring Porchlight favorites performing songs from Show Boat, Girl Crazy, Funny Girl, A Chorus Line, Les Miserables, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Waitress and more. porchlightmusictheatre.org
Second City: Physical distance doesn't mean social distance. Right now, the world is consuming more content than ever before and Second City is offering online classes, fun live-stream learning, and virtual shows. www.secondcity.com/new-online-improv-offerings
Silk Road Rising: has five plays to stream on their website. www.silkroadrising.org/media-arts
Steppenwolf Theatre: Announced a new season of streaming events, titled Steppenwolf NOW and requiring a paid subscription. steppenwolf.org/now
Strawdog Theatre: Has a season of virtual events. "Run The Beast Down", "Hershel and The Hanukkah Goblins", and "How Do We Navigate Space?" www.strawdog.org.
Theatre Y: Present a retrospective of Andras Visky texts - "My Body's Image, Delayed" - an experiment in ongoing response to the isolation and silence of the current pandemic. 15 Episodes Digitally Shared each Friday at 7pm. www.theatre-y.com
Trap Door Theatre: Currently is offering three of its shows, "ALAS," "Occidental Express" and "How to Explain the History of Communism to Mental Patients" for rent on Vimeo. www.trapdoortheatre.com
Underscore Theatre: In addition to their updated Youtube page, they are showing off Chicago-based artists on Mondays and Fridays on their social media pages. Follow along for fun activities for all ages, including children's story-time, artist concert takeovers, and mat pilates! www.facebook.com/underscoretheatre