Latest virtual programming announced at New York Theatre Workshop

The 25th anniversary ‘Rent’ gala will take place on March 2.

Photo credit: Exterior of New York Theatre Workshop (Photo by Beyond My Ken on Wikipedia under CC 4.0) 

The next two months of programming at New York Theatre Workshop has been scheduled, including virtual theatre and conversations with New York creatives. This includes the previously announced 25th anniversary Rent gala taking place on March 2, with Rent tickets on sale now. 

Events taking place at New York Theatre Workshop include a benefit reading of For Which It Stands. Lee Edward Colston II’s play follows a female prisoner in her final days of her sentence, and it’s inspired by Colston II’s years as a prison guard. For Which It Stands will stream from February 19 - 22.

There’ll also be a two-part series by the Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Hilton Als, as he investigates 20th century classics usually left on the wayside. He’ll look at the cultural impact of Shirley Clarke’s Portrait of Jason, as well as the lesser-known Tennessee Williams dramas. Both parts will be released in March 2021.

In what New York Theatre Workshop are calling fireside chats, conversations will focus on how theatre and race go hand in hand. The first talk, scheduled for February 17, sees Dael Orlandersmith, Martha Redbone and Jillian Walker chatting about the traditions in oral storytelling. The second talk will focus on Latinx theatre creatives, led by Virginia Grise, Lindsay Rico, Andrew G. Rodriguez and Tiffany Small on February 24.

The headline event is the 25th anniversary gala celebrating Rent, which premiered at New York Theatre Workshop before a Broadway transfer. Stars including Idina Menzel, Anthony Rapp and Adam Pascal will reunite for the event, as well as a whos-who of Broadway sharing how Rent impacted their lives. The Rent gala will take place on March 2, with Rent tickets on sale now. 

Ahead of the Rent gala, an open mic night will take place on February 25. Titled One Song Glory, the event will encourage performers to share how their life has changed in a year of Covid.

Photo credit: Exterior of New York Theatre Workshop (Photo by Beyond My Ken on Wikipedia under CC 4.0