Tony and Emmy Award-winners Brian Cranston (“Breaking Bad,” Trumbo) and Tony Shalhoub (“Monk,” The Band’s Visit) are among the stellar performers being brought to you by Penguin Rep Theatre as part of the exciting, innovative Keeping Live Theatre Alive! initiative.
Keeping Live Theatre Alive! is the brainchild of actor Dan Lauria (“The Wonder Years,” Lombardi), who called upon dozens of popular stage and screen stars to help keep theatre going by creating short videos of themselves reading their works, including monologues, stories, reminiscences, and poems – that they’ve written and posted.
Penguin Rep is making these special performances, currently featuring Cranston, Shalhoub, Lauria, Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Andre De Shields (The Wiz, Hadestown, Ain’t Misbehavin’, Play On!), Tony Award winner Priscilla Lopez (A Chorus Line, In the Heights), and Tony and Emmy winner Laurie Metcalf (“Roseanne,” A Doll’s House Part 2), available on Penguin’s website (www.penguinrep.org) FREE of charge. Of course, donations are welcome, particularly in this crisis period. (Look for the “Donate” button at the website.)
“Every sector in society has been impacted negatively by COVID-19, including theatres,” Dan Lauria said. “I wanted to raise awareness of the plight of these organizations while celebrating how actors are keeping their creative juices flowing.”
Each week for the next eight weeks, Penguin Rep and Keeping Live Theatre Alive! will be featuring new entertaining and inspiring original vignettes, so be sure to re-visit the website often. Upcoming artists include: Ed Asner, Kim Brockington, John Cullum, Christine Ebersole, Judd Hirsch, John Larroquette, Judith Light, John Lithgow, Jodi Long, Wendie Malick, Joe Mantegna, Alfred Molina, Lou Diamond Phillips, Jim Pickens, Saul Rubinek, Peter Scolari, Joe Spano, Chris Sullivan, Reno Wilson, and Henry Winkler.
“Like all arts institutions, Penguin has been hard hit by the pandemic,’ said Joe Brancato, founding Artistic Director of Penguin Rep Theatre,” but we’ve been hearted by the outpouring of concern and support from our patrons, subscribers, donors, and business sponsors, all eager for live theatre to make its comeback at the barn.”
“Until we can reopen the theatre doors safely, we’re pleased to be able to bring programs like Keeping Live Theatre Alive! to our audiences,” added Penguin executive director Andrew M. Horn. “And plans are in the works for Penguin to present play readings online. Watch for our announcements.”
Under the dynamic leadership of Joe Brancato and Andrew Horn, Penguin has grown in just over four decades from a summer theatre in a converted 1880s hay barn to one of the Hudson Valley’s most influential nonprofit cultural institutions.
Since its founding in 1977, Penguin Rep, a professional Equity theatre based in Stony Point, New York, has entertained more than 400,000 people with outstanding productions of more than 150 plays, specializing in new works by established and emerging writers.
Many plays staged Penguin, dubbed “the gutsiest little theatre’ by the NY Times, have moved on to successful runs Off-Broadway and to showplaces around the country and abroad. For additional information and the latest in Penguin Rep Theatre programs, visit the website at www.penguinrep.org.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman. She stars in and served as Executive Producer for the short independent films Hide and Seek, Balancing Act, Rom-Com Gone Wrong, Belongingness and When the World was Young. She is also the Executive Producer for The Cactus, The Language Lesson, The Writer and Cream and 2 Shugahs.