5 free events to stream, from ‘Richard II’ to Broadway Barks

5 free events to stream, from ‘Richard II’ to Broadway Barks

We’ve rounded up a selection of concerts and events to stream this week. Have a favorite performance that we missed? Email us suggestions at allartsinfo@wliw.org

The Public Theater’s ‘Richard II’
When: July 14, 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: WNYC 93.9 FM for listeners in the New York tri-state area; WNYC.org nationally

The Public Theater is bringing its beloved Shakespeare in the Park series to your preferred listening device with the radio production of “Richard II.” Set to stream over the course of four evenings, the series officially kicked off June 13 with its first episode and will continue nightly through July 16. The inaugural entry into the program is available to stream on the WNYC website, where all episodes will be archived as podcasts.

“It’s my hope that listening to Shakespeare’s words, broadcast in the midst of a pandemic and an uprising, will have powerful resonance in our world,” director Saheem Ali said in a statement announcing the project. Ali was set to stage “Richard II” for the Public at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park in May. The radio production retains a majority of the cast, including André Holland, Miriam A. Hyman and Phylicia Rashad.


Angélique Kidjo and Amy Andrieux
When: July 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern
Where: The SummerStage YouTube channel, Facebook page and Twitch

Mutli-hyphenate artist Angélique Kidjo joins Amy Andrieux, executive director of the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, for a conversation. The event is part of the virtual BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! Festival, launched in place of the annual outdoor affair. ALL ARTS, a media sponsor of the festival, will be sharing performances and events from the festival on our Facebook page, so be sure to stay tuned.


Colson Whitehead in Conversation
When: July 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Library of Congress Facebook page, YouTube channel and website

Writer Colson Whitehead (“The Nickel Boys,” “The Underground Railroad”) will take the virtual stage with Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden to discuss race in America as part of the video series “Hear You, Hear Me,” hosted by the Library of Congress. On Monday, Whitehead became the youngest person to receive the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction for his lifetime of work.

“As a kid, I’d walk into great New York City libraries like the Schomburg and the Mid-Manhattan, on a field trip or for a school assignment, and feel this deep sense of awe, as if I’d stumbled into a sacred pocket in the city,” Whitehead said in a statement announcing the prize. “I hope that right now there’s a young kid who looks like me, who sees the Library of Congress recognize Black artists and feels encouraged to pursue their own vision and find their own sacred spaces of inspiration.”


A.I.M. in ‘Meditation: A Silent Prayer’
When: July 16 at 7 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Joyce Theater YouTube channel

The Joyce Theater continues its online dance program with “Meditation: A Silent Prayer,” performed by A.I.M. and choreographed by Kyle Abraham in collaboration with the company. The six-dancer ensemble piece, which premiered at the Joyce in 2018, moves through voice-over recordings by Carrie Mae Weems, visual artwork by Titus Kaphar and music by Craig Harris to etch out a reflection on the lives lost to police brutality.


Broadway Barks
When: July 16 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern
Where: The Broadway.com YouTube channel

All the stars are coming out for the dogs and cats this Thursday. Hosted by co-founder Bernadette Peters, the popular adoption event moves online this year to find “forever homes” for adoptable animals. The packed lineup of presenters includes Carol Burnett, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Laurie Metcalf, Bette Midler, Sutton Foster, Andrew Rannells, Hugh Jackman and many, many more.

Laurie Metcalf with her dog (not adoptable!) during the taping of “And the Tony Nominees Are …”

Top Image: Delacorte Theater. Photo: Steve Brown.