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IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance to present online performances


The cast of “Hamlet” stands on stage Dec. 3, 2019, during the first act in Ruth N. Halls Theatre. IU Theater Thursdays is a series of livestreamed presentations and interviews performed by students, alumni and faculty. Elle Kreamer

A new live-streamed series, IU Theatre Thursdays, began May 28 and will end Aug. 6, according to a recent release. The IU Department of Theatre, Drama and Contemporary Dance is presenting the production, and it will be livestreamed on YouTube and Facebook.

The series begins at 7 p.m. and will last between 45 and 60 minutes. The presentations and interviews will be performed by students, alumni and faculty.

This biweekly broadcast will take place of the IU Summer Theatre season, which was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

Richard Roland, IU music theater department head, will produce and direct all episodes.

"Having canceled the IU Summer Theatre 2020 season due to the coronavirus pandemic, we wanted to create another channel to share our students', faculty's and alumni's creativity on a regular basis this summer," Roland said in the release.

Roland has performed on Broadway in several shows including “Follies” and “The Scarlet Pimpernel.” He was also a cast member on the ABC soap opera “All My Children” as Jason Sheffield.

Along with acting, he's directed more than 20 shows, including shows such as “Hairspray” and “Chicago.” Recently, he directed “Big Fish” at the IU Theatre.

According to the release, the series will be performances of songs, dance, poetry, monologues, interviews and segments with a focus on technical theater and design elements.

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