1. Belfast International Arts Festival
Belfast International Arts Festival returns for their 58th edition with a programme of inspirational events that seeks to respond creatively to the current pandemic. The 2020 edition is primarily be hosted online. As Northern Ireland’s largest contemporary arts festival and cornerstone of the annual cultural calendar, this year’s programme features an extended Talks & Ideas programme; theatre, dance and music performances reimagined for a digital audience. The 2020 edition continues to explore contemporary matters of interest such as gender equality, multi-culturalism, representation, the climate crisis, and democracy.
2. The Best Man
Written by Gore Vidal
Directed by Michael Wilson
The Cast – Elizabeth Ashley, Reed Birney, Matthew Broderick, Katie Finneran, Morgan Freeman, Julie Halston, Stacy Keach, Robert Krulwich, John Malkovich, Zachary Quinto, Phylicia Rashad, Robert Sella, Lee Wilkof, Vanessa Williams, Whitney Winfield with Sean Close, Travoye Joyner, Jered McLenigan, TJ Wagner.
The Best Man weaves humour and suspense in equal measure as a Secretary of State and a U.S. Senator contend for the Presidential nomination and, most importantly, for the endorsement of a colourful and canny ex-President. Proceeds from show benefit The Actor’s Fund.
3. Human Resources
Presented by Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and Telephonic Literary Union
Created by Brittany K. Allen, Christopher Chen, Hansol Jung, Sarah Lunnie, Stowe Nelson, Zeniba Now and Yuvika Tolani
Featuring Marc Bovino, David Greenspan, Jin Ha, Mia Katigbak, Brian Quijada and Ikechukwu Ufomadu
Telephonic Literary Union makes stories for very small audiences using phones, thoughtfully curated environments, and the theatre of the mind. TLU re-purposes the customer service hotline for stranger, more tender use in Human Resources, an intimate audio anthology for remote times. To file a claim or plan your escape, dial 800.804.1573. Now, wherever you’re calling from, Human Resources is here for you.
4. Guards At The Taj
Kanika Vaish directs Rajiv Joseph’s Guards at the Taj for SoHo Shakespeare Company with performances by Shahjehan Khan and Shawn Jain. Guards at the Taj is a dark comedy about two men who are assigned to guard the Taj Mahal on the day of its unveiling. What follows is an existential crisis as the men grapple with their beliefs in God, in their empire, and in each other.
5. Far Away
Written by Caryl Churchill
Directed by Cheryl Faraone
The Cast – Nesba Crenshaw, Caitlin Duffy, Ro Boddie, Lilah May Pfeiffer
Presented by Potomac Theatre Project, NYC
Confronting our deepest fears, Caryl Churchill’s extraordinary play depicts a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.
6. Saison Foundation 2021
International Project Support Call
The Saison Foundation in Tokyo is open for applications for the 2021 International Project Support Program for Contemporary Theatre and Dance, which is for medium to long-term international artistic collaborations with contemporary Japanese performing artists and/or companies.This program offers grants and/or priority use of space at Morishita Studio in Tokyo (studios and guest rooms) for international theatre and dance collaboration projects with not-for-profit contemporary Japanese performing artists and/or companies, including creative workshops and rehearsals held during the working process. Priority will be given to projects that will advance through continuous working processes, based on sufficient mutual understanding between artistic partners.
7. Shakespeare Trilogy – Play Two – Henry IV
Phyllida Lloyd’s gripping films of the ground breaking Donmar Warehouse Shakespeare Trilogy, in which women play all the parts originally written for men, could not be more timely. Lloyd’s meta-theatrical approach made the actors inmates in a women’s prison assuming the characters in Shakespeare’s plays and the consequences of social and criminal justice inequities are especially relevant. The casts, led by Harriet Walter, evoke with gusto that raw, tragic pain we are reliving today. Shot in front of a live audience in London at the Donmar Warehouse King’s Cross in December 2016, the films were edited to include separately shot, hand-held and GoPro footage, breaking the formality of the traditional live camera “capture” of stage productions and bringing the audience into the centre of the action with thrilling immediacy. The Donmar Shakespeare Trilogy made their live U.S. premieres at St. Ann’s Warehouse: Julius Caesar in 2013, Henry IV in 2016, and The Tempest in 2017.
A multi layered act of liberation.” —THE NEW YORK TIMES
“One of the most important theatrical events of the last twenty years.” —THE OBSERVER
8. Covid Fan Tutte
Presented by The Finnish National Opera
On stage, singers are rehearsing Die Walküre, when they are suddenly interrupted. As management has been laid off and the news of a global virus spreads rapidly, the Wagnerians are suddenly instructed to perform a modern satire on the situation. Covid fan tutte satirically revisits Mozart’s classic opera by adapting its storyline to reflect Finland’s experience during the coronavirus crisis. Starring Karita Mattila and conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen, the production light heartedly follows ordinary Finns’ lives amid press conferences by the government and pandemic experts. The libretto for Covid times is by Minna Lindgren; the music is (almost) 100% Mozart’s.
9. Beyond Borders
Brought to you by Instabili Vaganti & Culture Monks
Beyond Borders is an international workshop conducted by Instabili Vaganti from Italy. The workshop will focus on theatre as a tool of social commentary and – at the same time – as a means of expression for the performer’s creative freedom. The performer will have the possibility to interact with different forms of art.The participants will follow the physical, rhythmical and vocal training conceived by the company to acquire the necessary instruments to reconstruct an Agora, a Polis, meant as a founding structure of theatre itself. This workshop is open to performing artists from all over the world.
10. International Culture Summit
What is the role of culture in the future of our urban spaces?
Presented by the Edinburgh International Culture Summit
What do we miss and what are the policies, funds, and ideas required to sustain them?
We hear from Ismail Serageldin, Emeritus Librarian, The New Library of Alexandria, Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress, Tristram Hunt, Director, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cameron Rashti, Director, Historic Cities Programme, Aga Khan Trust for Culture, Farrokh Derakhshani, Director, Aga Khan Award for Architecture, Rahul Mehrotra, Professor of Urban Design and Planning, Harvard Graduate School of Design, and Clara Miller, President Emerita, Heron Foundation in this film which examines our understanding and organising of cultural and urban space, looking to the future of cities and how environmental and social factors impact their design. Contributors consider a holistic approach to architecture and urban planning, and reflect on the post-pandemic power of galleries, museums, performing arts centres, and libraries to rebuild trust and preserve cultures. All contributors have recorded more in-depth interviews which can be found on their profile pages.