Times listed are in PST unless otherwise noted. Events are FREE unless otherwise noted.
Starting Apr 8 – Calamity in the Crow’s Nest , an online alternate reality game murder mystery experience – details here
Ragged Wing’s new Moment 2 Moment virtual talk show, Artistic Director Amy Sass talks to fascinating people each week – details here
The Marsh – This solo show company has pivoted to some digital offerings – details here
STREAMING PLAYS – some are rentals from smaller companies to keep the bill collectors happy and some are from mega producers like Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and are free. (Hat tip to Sam Hurwitt for some of this list)
Redwood City’s Dragon Theatre Company is offering 24-hour rentals of past productions under the moniker “Dragon on Demand,” currently featuring its 2019 production of Macbeth and its Circus Nutcracker by the artists of Cirque de la Luna. Details: $10; vimeo.com/ondemand/macbethatdragon.
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley offers an online look at They Promised Her the Moon, Laurel Ollstein’s play about aviator and aspiring astronaut Jerrie Cobb, to be viewed sometime before April 12. Details: $15 to $100; theatreworks.org.
City Lights Theater Company in San Jose had to close its world premiere of Coded right before opening night, but now offers free streaming of the final preview of Kirsten Brandt’s play about women game designers. Details: cltc.org.
San Mateo High School is streaming their recent production of She Kills Monsters. See it at https://vimeo.com/401046243/839e47b5ea
Theatre Rhinoceros offers up Radical, Written and Directed by John Fisher; pay what you will; http://therhino.org
Marin Theatre Company’s production of Love, Kate Cortesi’s sharp drama about workplace sexual harassment, is also being made available for online viewing through April 12. Details: $35; marintheatre.org.
Ragged Wing has a new Quarantined Artist Archive; https://www.raggedwing.org/get-involved/quarantined-artist-archive/
American Conservatory Theater is offering streaming versions of both of its superb shuttered productions — Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Gloria (a piecing satire of the memoir industry) and Lydia R. Diamond’s Toni Stone (about one of the first women to play professional baseball) — but only through Sunday. Details: $15 to $100; act-sf.org.
Berkeley’s Shotgun Players’ Art in the Time of Corona webpage posts video recordings of past productions as well as daily Shakespeare sonnets. Up now is Kill the Debbie Downers! Kill Them! Kill Them! Kill Them Off! Mark Jackson and Beth Wilmurt’s 2019 theatrical riff on Anton Chekhov’s Three Sisters, as well their earlier 2007 collaboration drawing on the same source material, Yes Yes to Moscow. Details: shotgunplayers.org.
Speaking of Chekhov, Lafayette’s Town Hall Theatre’s new production of The Cherry Orchard is available for online viewing through April 18. This new translation by Richard Nelson, Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky restores the playwright’s original 1903 prerehearsal script for the first time. Details: $27 to $30; townhalltheatre.com.
On Tuesday, San Francisco’s Theatre Rhinoceros will present a free, one-time livestreaming reading of SCOTUS Gay, John Fisher’s new play about Supreme Court battles over people being fired for their sexual orientation, with actors participating over Zoom from their respective individual locations. Details: therhino.org.
For kids, Bay Area Children’s Theatre offers not a play but an interactive adventure incorporating a video and activity sheet. Details: creativitycorner.org.
Meanwhile, one past BACT production, 2019’s Gold: The Midas Musical, is available for free viewing on playwright-composer Min Kahng’s website. Details: minkahng.com/gold-video.
The United Kingdom’s National Theatre will be posting one hit show from its archives on YouTube every Thursday, to be available for free viewing for one week. First up is Richard Bean’s rollicking comedy One Man, Two Guvnors starring James Corden, followed in coming weeks by Jane Eyre, Treasure Island and Twelfth Night. Details: nationaltheatre.org.uk/at-home
Starting Friday, April 3rd Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber will be streaming one free musical a week. This first show is Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat with Donny Osmond. Details: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdmPjhKMaXNNeCr1FjuMvag
ODC Dance in San Francisco has virtual classes. Details at http://odc.dance/SCHEDULE