In response to the social isolation demanded of all of us during the COVID-19 pandemic, we invite you to join Northern Stage for Play Date. Curated by Northern Stage and presented each week by a different artist, Play Date dives deep into some of the greatest plays and playwrights. Participants will read a new play every week and then come together at the end of the week for a conversation via Zoom (an online video-streaming platform). Each session will begin with a talk by the guest speaker about the play, its history, its importance in the canon, and their experience with the play.
The schedule and play titles are listed below. Please order the scripts early so there is ample time to acquire and read them. We hope you will support local bookstores by purchasing the plays through them.
To register, call our box office at (802) 296-7000.
Please note: Once you sign up, you are automatically enrolled in every Play Date in the series.
WHEN: Please see schedule below. You do not need to participate in every class session, but we hope you’ll join us for as many as you can!
WHERE: Online. Participants will be emailed a link the day before each Play Date.
COST: We acknowledge that many members of our community are experiencing financial insecurity due to this pandemic and therefore we are not charging tuition for this program. That being said, even the most vibrant not-for-profit theater companies operate with a narrow margin between success and failure, and a challenge like this is unprecedented in our lifetime. We hope those who are able will make a donation of $30+ per class, but gifts of every size are appreciated. Thank you for your consideration. Click here to donate.
Upcoming Play Date Schedule & Scripts – Around the World in Six Play Dates
Friday, July 17, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – The Government Inspector, Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from Revizor by Nikolai Gogol, Hosted by Talene Monahan & Michael Urie
The Government Inspector Play Date will be hosted by the stars of the critically praised Off-Broadway production of The Government Inspector, Talene Monahan and Michael Urie. Both Monahon and Urie are New York theater standouts, with Urie having won a Drama Desk Award for originating the hit Buyer & Cellar and Monahon recently seen opposite Stockard Channing in the Roundabout Theatre Company production of Apologia. Monahon, a 2013 Dartmouth College grad, has Northern Stage roots, having starred in our 2013 production of The Importance of Being Earnest (the first play Producing Artistic Director Carol Dunne directed at Northern Stage). We are so thrilled that these two brilliant talents will bring us the play that wowed New York audiences for six months.
About the play: When the locals in a small Russian hamlet learn that an undercover government inspector is coming for a surprise visit, an unfortunate case of mistaken identity sends the whole village spiraling into a world of panic and greed. Witty, smart, and wildly satirical, this timely and spirited adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s classic play exposes the corruption of a provincial town with biting hilarity.
Script: You can purchase the play hereor call Still North for availability.
Friday, July 31, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – Endgame by Samuel Beckett, Hosted by Gordon Clapp
Friday, August 14, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – Sojourners by Mfoniso Udofia,Hosted by Playwright Mfoniso Udofia & Director Awoye Timpo
Friday, August 28, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – PLAY TBA
Friday, September 11, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – PLAY TBA
Friday, September 25, 4:00 – 5:30 PM – PLAY TBA
If you have any difficulty obtaining the scripts, please email email@example.com for assistance.