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Theatre & Performance Studies

An overview of the resources available for researchers in the field of Theatre and Performance Studies.

"Marvin’s Tip Sheet"

Marvin's Tip Sheet is a bi-monthly publication about current productions in the New York City area. It is compiled by Marvin Carlson,  Distinguished Professor of Theatre and Performance, Comparative Literature, and Middle Eastern Studies.

Prof. Carlson’s Tip Sheet

March 27, 2020 

Obviously I have been suffering along with all of you from performance deprivation, but our ever-resourceful and innovative friends in the arts are rising to the challenge with a wide variety of ways we can still connect with the theatre in our new locked down world.  Most if not all of them are free--just tune in.  I will therefore continue the tip sheet providing what information I can of this new theatre world.  Please let me know of anything you hear of that I might include.  Best wishes and keep well.

  • Red Bull, my favorite ongoing script in hand theatre, is taking its act online with a reading of John Ford's great Jacobean thriller Tis Pity She's a Whore Monday March 30 at 7:30.  ‘Tis Pity She’s a Whore [].
  • Lincoln Center is offering a wide variety of online material, including classes, concerts, and selections from the LC archives, such as Qian Yi performing excerpts from classical Chinese Opera.  For a complete uptodate listing, consult the LC website
  • Frank Hentschker at the CUNY Segal Center has set up a truly outstanding series of one-hour chats with leading theatre makers in the U.S. and abroad. called SEGAL TALKS. held daily at noon beginning Monday, March 30.  The lineup for the first week is Taylor Mac & Kristin Martin (New York); Mok Chiu Yu (Hong Kong) + Hanchen Feng, Shuyi Liao (China); Thomas Ostermeier (Germany); Marco Martinelli & Ermanna Montanari Teatro delle Albe (Italy); Toshiki Okada (Japan) and Meredith Monk (New York).  Access on or the Segal Center YouTube.
  • Although their Pipeline Festival had to be cancelled, WP Theatre is offering a chance to get up close and personal with the five writer, director and producer collaborators on the Festival at @wptheater [] on instagram and #PipelineOnline [].
  • BAM is offering online an Opera of the Week, which will be announced on  The current selection is the new multimedia opera Songs from the Uproar by Mazzoli and Vavrek.
  • The Tank is inaugurating a Saturday Night cabaret, featuring artists from many parts of the experimental performance scene.
  • New York Classical Theatre has launched a video series of scenes from their archives of Shakespeare productions, changing every two or three days.  They may be found at  #ShakesInPlace [].
  • HERE is dipping into its archives and screening one of its historical productions each Wednesday at 7. Facebook Live or on your TV with the Facebook Watch App. Join Watch Party and follow ( to get in the loop.s]
  • The site-specific This is Not a Theatre Company has developed two new shows for the age of physical distancing.  The first is an immersive Play in Your Bathtub, which you may join April 1, 3, 8 or 9 by making a reservation at  The second, Life on Earth, based on work by Charles Mee, begins April 3 at 8 p.m. and lasts as long as it last.  Make reservations at
  • The Joyce theatre, like Lincoln Center, is offering a variety of online free classes, lectures and performances.  Leading the latter is a series of weekly performances from the archives of BalletX.  To access them, connect with sign up [].
  • View at home tickets may be purchased for $15 to see the Rattlestick Siblings Play online.  Thru April 5 only.  Contact [].
  • Joe's Pub at the Public Theatre offers livestreamed cabaret acts from its stage and its archives every Tuesday. Friday, and Saturday night at 8 p.m. on  YouTube Live [
  • New York Live Arts is offering weekly programs, primarily in dance, beginning Thursday evenings at 7:30 and running through the next week.  Three pieces in each program.  Listings at []!
  • The second edition of the La Mama downtown virtual variety show will take place Friday, March 27 at 8 p.m.  To watch, go to []!  Like many other venues, La Mama is planning more such activities, so check the website for updates.