The Virtual Play’s the Thing

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PTP/NYC’s (Potomac Theatre Project) kicks off its 34th repertory season Thursday, September 24, at 7:30 pm ET, with a free stream of Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar on YouTube.

Three more works – Don’t Exaggerate, The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, and Far Away – will debut on YouTube on successive Thursdays through October 15, also at 7:30 pm.

PTP/NYC 34th Season

Although viewing is free, the PTP/NYC is seeking donations, 10% of which will support the National Black Theatre, the oldest continually operated Black theater in New York City.

Julius Caesar, PTP/NYC
(Above: ‘Julius Caesar.’ Source: PTP/NYC)

Julius Caesar, directed by Cheryl Faraone, will be performed by a female and non-binary company from Middlebury College. It will stream through Sunday, September 27.

British writer Howard Barker’s Don’t Exaggerate (desire and abuse), will premiere October 1 and be available through Sunday, October 4. Directed by Richard Romagnoli, Robert Emmet Lunney will read Barker’s book, which is described as a “scathing and darkly humorous scan of the 20th century in which a WWI soldier returns from the dead.”

In The House in Scarsdale: A Memoir for the Stage, streaming October 8 through October 11, Dan O’Brien revisits his family’s “particular unhappiness” to figure out why they cut ties with him. Directed by Christian Parker, the cast includes O’Brien and Alex Draper.

Finally, from October 15 through October 18, you can catch Caryl Churchill’s Far Away, also directed by Faraone. Churchill’s play shows “a chilling world where everyone is at war, and not even the birds in the trees or the river below can be trusted.”

“These four plays, stretching across centuries, wholly different in form, structure and plot, are nonetheless alike in distrust of structures both public and private, mordant humor, and at times a chilling view of the world we inhabit,” the theatre company said.

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