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
American Blues Theater: Presenting Ripped Festival which has 30 short plays to to download and read that are all inspired ("ripped") from current headlines. www.americanbluestheater.com.
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
Auditorium Theatre: Singers and performers appear for a weekly #AudTalk on Wednesdays and a #StreamingSundays performance on Facebook Live. 6 p.m. Sundays at www.facebook.com/auditoriumtheatre
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 Jackie Taylor's pioneering troupe has refuted outdated assumptions governing African-American theater over the last fifty years to attract a multicultural following, and in this live-feed series, the senior artists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, writer and illustrator of "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" and "The Houdini Box," and the illustrator of the 20th anniversary "Harry Potter" box set. The show is based on the 1994 children's picture book written by Pam Conrad and illustrated by Selznick. youtube.com
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
Chicago Tap Theatre: Presenting ""30 Feet Together, 6 Feet Apart" on July 26 at 7pm - a celebration of the power and necessity of dance and live music, and a vision of how dance performances on a concert stage can be presented at this time. This show includes a live jazz trio featuring funk and soul master JC Brooks as host and vocalist along with tap dancing by CTT. ChicagoTapTheatre.com/ctt_shows/30feet
Citadel Theatre: Presenting "Defemation Experience" on July 21 at 6:30pm. Join Citadel Theatre in this interactive theatre experience, where YOU serve as a juror. Played in four phases, this is sure to be the perfect entertainment from the comfort of your own home! www.citadeltheatre.org/defamation-experience-online
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
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: Will be streaming "Cymbeline: A Folk Tale with Music" from June 3 - June 14.
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 the 2016 production of "2666" available for streaming www.goodmantheatre.org/watch2666.
Hell in a Handbag: Posted their 2012 musical "Sexy Baby." They have never posted one of their shows in its entirety before but thought that now we need to laugh more than ever. www.youtube.com. They will also stream "The Golden Girls: The Lost Episodes, Vol. 4 - Lockdown!," written by artistic director David Cerda and directed by Spenser Davis on Vimeo June 19 to August 8. handbagproductions.org.
The Hideout: Is on Twitch with a changing lineup and virtual tip jar. www.twitch.tv/hideoutchicago
The House Theatre: Will hosts a Watch Party of The Company's Hit 2007 Production, The Sparrow, Saturday, May 30 at 7:30 p.m. CDT, Featuring Live Commentary with Original Cast and Authors. www.youtube.com/user/housetheatreofchi
Jeff Awards: The Chicago theater community's annual awards recognizing non-Equity theater productions will be presented in a virtual format on Monday, June 8, 2020. www.jeffawards.org/
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 premiere online on Friday, July 10, 2020 at 7:30pm, and be available to view for free on Littlebrain Theatre's YouTube channel.
Lookingglass Theatre: Lookingglass Theatre has developed a whole host of free digital offerings presented Lookingglass Ensemble Members and Artistic Associates, including a new weekly podcast, a virtual yoga class, and exclusive performances. lookingglasstheatre.org/the-infinite-room-podcast/ and www.facebook.com/lookingglasstheatre/
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
Manuel Cinema: Launched Manual Cinema On Demand where you can stream shows. www.manualcinema.com
Mercury Theater of Chicago: Since you can't come to the Mercury, they are bringing the Mercury to you! They will be bringing you a series of videos featuring their artists in their homes www.facebook.com/MercuryChicago
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/
Organic Theater Company: Presents the radio play "The Revolutionists" to raise funds for COVID responders. The Organic will send a link to listen to their podcast play recording of "The Revolutionists" on May 8, recorded by the cast from the 2018 Jeff-Recommended Organic Theater production. www.mightycause.com/story/Covidrevolutionists
Otherworld Theatre: The storefront known for science fiction and fantasy has many online offerings on YouTube, Facebook and the Patreon platform. 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
The Passage Theatre: Has postponed its production of "All-One! The Dr. Bronner's Play." In the meantime, it will stream a staged reading version May 1 - May 10. www.thepassagetheatre.com/
Pivot Arts Festival 2020:The 8th Annual Pivot Arts Festival is an annual celebration of adventurous performance works. This year they are presenting a Virtual Festival with events going live on this page starting June 5, and staying up through June 30. Enjoy a diverse array of everything from dance films to dance parties! pivotarts.org/pivot-arts-festival-2020/
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: Announced a new three-day celebration in honor of its 25th Anniversary, PorchlightPalooza, Friday, Aug. 21 - Sunday, Aug. 23. PorchlightPalooza includes performances, shared memories and more with each night culminating in a virtual program celebrating a different theme building to the Sunday night interview with Broadway icon Joel Grey. PorchlightMusicTheatre.org
Pride Films and Plays: Presenting a new series, "Pride In Place" whihch will include an encore of Scott Gryder's Jeff-nominated 2019 performance in Jonathan Tolins' "Buyer & Cellar" along with four scripts not previously produced by PFP. www.pridefilmsandplays.com
QuaranStream Theatre Festival: The QuaranStream Theatre Festival is a week-long virtual festival of short plays and performances created specifically for live-streaming. Each show is created, directed and performed by theatre artists around the world; all from the safety of their homes! During the festival, over 70 artists will take the virtual stage to showcase their creative quarantine innovations! www.facebook.com/QuaranStreamTheatre/
Random Acts: Presents "Random Acts of Theatre: A Digital Fringe Festival" streaming from April 18 - 27. www.randomactschicago.com/
Season of Concern: "Chicago Offstage! Live at Home", a virtual streaming event debuting live on Season of Concern's new YouTube channel on Sunday, April 19, at 6 pm. Chicago Offstage! promises to be a one-of-a-kind live-streaming event where Chicago theater fans can gather online from the comfort and safety of their homes to watch a collection of A-list Chicago actors talking live with WGN-TV's popular "Around Town" reporter, with special live music and comedy performances along the way.
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
Sideshow Theatre Co.: Will present a one-night-only streaming revival of its 2018 play "Tilikum" as a benefit for the #LetUsBreathe Collective in honor of the Black Lives Matter movement. sideshowtheatre.org/liberation
Silk Road Rising: has five plays to stream on their website. www.silkroadrising.org/media-arts
Steppenwolf Theatre: Steppenwolf has launched "Half Hour: A Steppenwolf Theatre Podcast" - a podcast with ensemble members. Also will stream "Pants Optional: A Steppenwolf Soiree," with Audrey Francis, Joan Allen, Gary Cole, John Malkovich, Sandra Marquez and Laurie Metcalf at 6:30pm on May 9. www.steppenwolf.org/pantsoptional.
Theater Wit: Their show "Teenage Dick" can be streamed through May 17. www.theaterwit.org
Theatre In The Dark: Will present noir thriller "Three Stories Up" performed for two weekends only, May 14-23. www.theatreinthedark.com/
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 beginning April 17, 2020. www.theatre-y.com
TimeLine Theatre: The Chicago premier of "Kill Move Paradise" is now available online through April 19. www.timelinetheatre.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
Victory Gardens Theater: Will be offering a 2-week streaming run from May 12-24 of its critically acclaimed production of "Fun Home" from 2017. www.victorygardens.org/ Also announced "Your World Off Stage", an online conversation series with artists from the upcoming 2020/2021 season and members of the VG Playwrights Ensemble. These online lunchtime conversations take place on select Wednesdays and Fridays through August 7, 2020. Get the inside scoop on where our shows are at in the development process, learn about the inspiration for each of these plays, and ask your questions. victorygardens.org/event/your-world-off-stage-conversation-series/.