by Sheila McCormick
The bad thing about sheltering-in-place is that you can’t go to live theater. The good thing is that there are more options online than anyone could manage to see in person.
- Theatre Bay Area has compiled a detailed list of many Bay Area productions, both live and recorded
- Cal Shakes lists many, many other options from other parts of the world
- The Marsh has a diverse line-up (interviews, solo performances, games, etc.) and you can see many of their past events on their YouTube channel.
Options that I highly recommend that are still available to view in August include:
- Shotgun Theater’s The Niceties. A filmed version of a live Zoom presentation in July. Only available through August 3–don’t miss it!
- San Francisco Playhouse has a live Zoom reading of a short play every Monday night and the previous readings are archived. All I watched were interesting, but I especially liked Ruben Grijalva’s Where 101 Becomes the 101. They also host discussions with playwrights every Thursday evening.
- Many of the plays shown in the Playground Zoom Fest in May and June are available on demand until September 1. I especially liked Abominable, Anna Considers Mars, and Burst.
Things I am planning to watch in August (undoubtedly a partial list):
- Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Smart People, live on Zoom in their Reading Series, August 3.
- Ghostlight Theatre Ensemble’s Vintage Hitchcock, A Live Radio Play, live performances on Zoom, August 6-9.
- Shotgun Theater’s Quack, available August 6-9, and August 14-15.
Sheila is an Adjunct Professor Emerita in Cal’s Department of Plant and Microbial Biology. Prior to her retirement in January 2016, she had a research lab at the USDA/ARS-UC-Berkeley Plant Gene Expression Center in Albany studying the molecular biology of plant reproduction. Sheila has also contributed articles to the Splash Pad News, including a series of neighborhood walks, and continues to regularly help with editing.