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WETA Arts: August 2020


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WETA TV 26 series WETA Arts, hosted by WETA Around Town’s Robert Aubry Davis, spotlights visual and performing arts in Greater Washington and celebrates the diverse cultural heritage of the nation’s capital. The half-hour magazine-style production presents a variety of stories, profiles and critic discussions, while introducing emerging and established artists alike. This month’s WETA Arts features how local leaders are adapting to the age of COVID; Arena Stage presents Nicholas Rodriguez, star of their past production of Oklahoma!, soloing a jazzy rendition of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’”; Alexandria artist Julie Dzikiewicz introduces works that illuminate the fight for social justice; Strathmore Artist in Residence AYO performs “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”; and Round House Theatre tackles life under stay-at-home orders in “Homebound”. 


WETA Arts August 2020

Arena Stage

Arena Stage

Gifts of Art: Arena Stage continues to bring art to the community through their Gifts of Art series. Enjoy the full gallery of performances on the Arena Stage website, or binge them all on their YouTube playlist. To watch the full performance of “Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin’” by Arena’s own Nicholas Rodriguez, click here.  

Masterclass: On Wednesdays and Fridays, Arena Stage hosts virtual master classes on playwriting, acting, stage management, and design. Find a full schedule and information about registration on their website. →



Virtual Programming: On Wednesday nights, Strathmore hosts Live from the Living Room concerts on Facebook Live, featuring their impressive lineup of Artists in Residence. Also on Facebook Live are their Saturday morning Family Jam Sessions, deep dives into their current art exhibitions, socially-distanced book clubs, and more! For a full schedule of upcoming virtual programs, visit their website.

More from AYO: If you enjoyed Strathmore Artist in Residence AYO’s performance of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody,” check out her EP Searching. You can also watch her “Live from the Living Room” concert on Facebook. →

Julie Dzikiewicz

Julie Dzikiewicz

Online Exhibit: When the quarantine order hit, Julie Dzikiewicz was forced to cancel her upcoming exhibit at Monmouth University. Fortunately, now everybody can experience her show “She Persisted” from their own homes! For each of the pieces that would have been exhibited, Dzikiewicz is posting an intimate video exploration, featuring her commentary on the historical and political inspiration behind her work. →

Round House

Round House - Homebound

Scripted Series: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Round House Theatre has created Home Bound, an original scripted web series about life in quarantine written by 12 different DC area playwrights. You can watch the full series now on the Round House YouTube page.  

Educational Resources: Also featured on Round House’s YouTube are plenty of opportunities to learn something new about theater. Check out Playwrights on Plays, in which Round House Literary Manager Gabrielle Hoyt discusses significant plays with Round House-affiliated artists. For younger theater fans, Round House has created virtual Theatre Challenges for all age groups. 

A Sip of Quarantini: Pick up some mixology skills and learn more about local distilleries with Round House’s Weekly Quarantini series over on their Facebook page! →

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