November Theatrescape

By CEEK for Boston Compass (#129)

November 8, 2020

As theatre companies continue to navigate the current limbo, the community is stepping up its commitment to new works by POC and LGBTQ+ artists. American Repertory Theater’s venue, Oberon, bursts back on the scene (virtually) with programming that continues it’s tradition of pushing the boundaries between live performance and what defines theatre--with music and poetry helping to create narratives rarely told. The Arlekin Players are always worth watching while SpeakEasy Stage works to unify and enable artists behind the scenes.

Check out our November theatre picks below.

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11/8 Insulted. Belaru(sia)

A staged reading of Andrei Kureichik’s play on the first month of the Belarusian revolution, leading to the country’s transition from dictatorship to democracy.

WHERE: Link to Zoom via

11/12 & 11/8 SpeakEasy’s Play Discussion Club: Honoring Asian Diaspora Storytelling

Get tuned into new plays and join this weekly discussion that dissects their meaning, themes and impact. Free to join but some scripts need to be purchased. 11/12 House Of Joy by Madhuri Shekar. 11/18 Do It For Umma by Seayoung Yim.

WHERE: Details and sign up at

11/12 & 11/13 The State vs Natasha Banina

This interactive hit play continues its digital world tour. Become a jury member for the trial of Natasha Banina’s life in this absorbing one-woman show via Zoom by local heavyweights the Arlekin Players Theatre.

WHERE: Details and tickets at

Thru 11/25 ANTHEM @Virtually OBERON

This returning two-woman show by Justice Ameer and Chrysanthemum Tran is about the transgender community’s ongoing fight for their lives while at the mercy of political policies. These are battle cries you can dance to.

WHERE: pay-what-you-can tickets at

Thru 11/27 Queer Heartache @Virtually OBERON

This premiere show is a collection of biographical poems performed by queer, trans artist Kit Yan examining their own identity, emotions and the people that oppose them.

WHERE: Pay-what-you-can tickets at

Every Tuesday at 5pm thru 11/24 Speakeasy University

Learn how to put on your own play. This zoom seminar series continues with practical info on how to produce.

WHERE: Pay-what-you-can access and info at

Every Fri, Sat & Sunday thru 11/8 Watertown Historical Moving Plays

Head to Watertown and take a socially distanced tour through the life of local, Black historical figure Charles W. Lenox - a barber who made his way from private to sergeant during the Civil War.

WHERE: $20 tickets & Info at

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