The Manhattan Theater Club has announced the MTC Virtual Theater lineup, which is set to continue online through the end of 2020 and beyond.
As physical stages remain dark across America, the Manhattan Theater Club invites audiences to come together virtually as a community and find connection, inspiration and entertainment through a series of virtual theater experiences. in the comfort of their homes.
Up-to-date information on all MTC Virtual Theater initiatives is always available at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/virtual.
Ted Snowdon Reading Series – November 10 to December 15
The MTC’s Ted Snowdon Reading Series, dedicated to supporting and developing innovative new works, offers audiences the opportunity to hear repeated readings of new pieces. This year, the series goes virtual and the lineup includes five new works, including two MTC commissions, from a group of exceptional writers. From November 10 through December 15, all performances will premiere at 2:00 p.m. ET Tuesdays on MTC’s YouTube channel and Broadway On Demand. The readings will remain online for four days, until 2 p.m. Saturday. MTC is grateful to Ted Snowdon for his generous support of this series.
Learn more about this season’s Reading Series playwrights HERE.
Premiere on November 10:
By Charlie Oh
Directed by Dustin Wills
Thomas “Tommy Long” survives in the gay porn industry with one simple rule: know your role. For him, she is the submissive Asian geisha. When James, a ripped new Asian actor, joins the company, Thomas begins to wonder if he can be something more. Can he overturn the prejudices of the porn industry? And at what price? Combining comedy and Kabuki, pornography and Peking opera, Long explores the legacies of colonialism, racism, misogyny and homophobia within Asian American communities.
Premiere on November 17:
(An audio guide for) Snails and Unsung Heroes
By Julia Izumi
Directed by Natsu Onoda Power
In 1945, a young girl travels from Japan to Manchuria to recover the bones of her deceased father, just before the end of World War II. Inspired by a true story from the playwright’s family history, this captivating, epic yet personal play follows a snail ancestor and an audio-guided tour to discover the definition of heroism across generations and cultures.
Premiere on December 1:
By Brittany K. Allen
Set at the switchboards of an elite celebrity voicemail service, Ball Change examines how our communication technologies (and our metropolitan mythologies) are becoming obsolete. When we first meet the “Chimes” in the ’60s, it’s all glamorous and fun, but fifty years of economic, social and technological upheaval leave their mark on one girl. This is a time travel about how objects and ideas go out of style, commissioned by MTC through the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.
Premiere on December 8:
As Is: Conversations with Tall Black Women in Confined Spaces
By Stacey Rose
Directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
As Is is the story of four Big Beautiful Black Women who experience the daily struggle of trying to shed a few pounds and navigate their Big Black Womeness in the confined spaces of their lives. D. Everette has found his calling as a college professor. Antonia seems to have stumbled upon the perfect manifestation of black love. Beverly has her children and her grief. It’s young Camille who threatens to unravel the foursome friendship with her inability to find and relegate herself to her own confined space.
Premiere on December 15:
By Penelope Skinner
Directed byNicole Charles
Zoe has just moved in with her older boyfriend, Simon, who is everything she could dream of: charismatic and successful, a supportive partner, a doting father to her young daughter. But when Zoe becomes curious about Simon’s history with her next-door neighbor, the solid ground beneath her begins to shift. Against the backdrop of current affairs, a captivating and moving piece about what – and in whom – we believe. Friendly Monsters is an MTC/Bobbie Olsen gaming commission.
The show goes on – Monthly from November
Once a month, revisit some of MTC’s biggest hits and rare gems, with production footage alongside new stories and commentary from original cast members and creative team. The series will kick off in November with MTC’s 2012 production of Murder Ballad, with a new show to follow each month thereafter.
Artists in Conversation – Continuing Monthly
Take a front row seat and hear some of today’s most in-demand theatrical talent. MTC brings together two artists for a discussion on their artistic perspectives. The series, which recently debuted with Eboni Booth and Jocelyn Bioh, continues. Join the MTC mailing list or keep an eye on the MTC Facebook page for announcements.
Past conversations can be located at www.manhattantheatreclub.com/virtual.
Student Monologue Challenge: Wave 2 – Ongoing
Within two weeks of the closure of our theaters and the transition of our schools to remote learning, MTC Education has launched the Student Monologue Challenge to provide high school students with a platform to express what they had in mind and in their hearts. The most outstanding written entries have been made by some of today’s most exciting acting talent including Tyler Alvarez, Tala Ashe, Jordan Boatman, Gaten Matarazzo, J. Alphonse Nicholson, Marquis Rodriguez, Babak Tafti, Taylor Trensch, Ana Villafañe and Kara. Young.
MTC received over 350 entries in response to the first write prompt – “There’s something I need to tell you” – and is excited to now begin accepting a second round of submissions for a new prompt – “You have no idea…”
Visit www.manhattantheatreclub.com/education/studentmonologuechallenge for more information and details on how to enter.
Coming Soon: Virtual Advantage
In early December 2020, MTC will present its first-ever virtual advantage with all-new material written especially for this event.
More information about fundraising and the continuation of the MTC Virtual Theater 2021 season will be announced soon.