New virtual livestreams announced at Manhattan Theatre Club

Audiences will be able to listen to five rehearsed readings of new plays.

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The Manhattan Theatre Club’s artistic director and executive producer, Lynne Meadow and Barry Grove, have announced the latest programming for MTC Virtual Theatre. The schedule includes rehearsed readings of new plays, as well as livestreams of previous productions and interviews with performers.

Five plays will premiere as part of the Ted Snowdon Reading Series, an initiative dedicated to new works. The reading series will run from November 10 - December 15, with each show available to watch for four days. Shows being performed as part of the Ted Snowdon Reading Series include:

Charlie Oh’s Long, following a young man named Thomas as he navigates the porn industry as an Asian man. Long is set to explore racism, misogyny and homophobia, and is available from November 10.

(An Audio Guide for) Unsung Snails and Heroes tells of a young girl who retrieves her deceased father’s bones at the end of World War Two. Julia Izumi’s play is based on her family history, and is available from November 17.

Brittany K. Allen’s Ball Change focuses on the changing technologies in 20th century America. Asking how ideas and objects go out of style, Ball Change is available from December 1.

Four fictional black women share their life stories in Stacey Rose’s As Is: Conversations with Big Black Women in Confined Spaces. As four-way friendships unravel, can they find each other again? As Is is online from December 8.

Penelope Skinner’s Friendly Monsters sees Zoe move in with her boyfriend. Yet, suspicions are raised with the next door neighbour, and Zoe doesn’t know who to believe. Friendly Monsters premieres on December 15.

The Manhattan Theatre Club will also share filmed performances from their archive. For November 2020, audiences can watch the 2012 production of Murder Ballad, starring Karen Olivo and Will Swenson.

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