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Creative Greensboro will present “An Evening of Short Plays #39” virtually at 8 p.m. March 5-6.

Selected plays were written by members of the Creative Greensboro’s Playwright’s Forum, and feature a cast of 17 actors form across North Carolina.

This show, which will run about 60 minutes, is recommended for teens and adults.

Short plays include: “Ground Rules” by Louis Panzer, “Herbal Medicine” by Grace Ellis, “Shelter in Place” by Mike Brannon, “Organs in the Dark” by Brian Bornstein, “Ghost Light” by Pete Turner and “Free Hugs” by Debra Kaufman.

A donation of $10 is suggested.

Register for a stream pass at

Poetry contest

In honor of National Poetry Month, the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department will host the inaugural Words Matter Poetry Contest this April.

Writers 5 and older are invited to submit a video performing their original work by March 26.

A panel of writers and Parks and Recreation employees will judge the submissions based on performance, originality, creativity and artistic quality. Winners will be awarded in three categories: kids, teens and adults.

The videos will be showcased on the Parks and Recreation Facebook page on Wednesdays throughout the month. The public will choose a weekly Fan Favorite by liking or reacting to the videos on Facebook. Fan Favorites and Finalists in each category will be announced weekly and winners will be announced during a Facebook live event April 30.

Videos may be no longer than five minutes, and poems may not contain profanity, obscenity or explicit sexual imagery, nudity or graphic depictions of violence.

To see the rules and find out how to submit a video, go to

Film festival

The 20th annual Triad Jewish Film Festival will feature seven films, shown in a virtual, on-demand format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Patrons can view films through March 14 from their homes.

This year’s virtual festival celebrates the global diversity of Judaism through film. The films are: “Breaking Bread,” “Havana Curveball,” “Leona,” “400 Miles to Freedom,” “Nora’s Will,” “Shared Legacies: The African-American Jewish Civil Rights Alliance” and “They Ain’t Ready for Me.”

Trailers for each film can be found at

Individual tickets ($5 individual, $8 family), Reel Deal passes ($30 individual, $50 family) and Friend of the Festival packages ($100) can be purchased at

Reel Deal movie passes give access to all seven films during the festival. A Friend of the Festival membership gives access to all seven films, gives a $50 donation to the Triad Jewish Film Festival, recognition in the Digital Movie Program, and a special gift basket delivery to those who live in the Triad.

Virtual theater

Contemporary Voices: a Virtual Theater Festival will feature two plays. Tim J. Lord’s “Down in the Face of God” and Lynn Nottage’s Pulitzer Prize-winning “Sweat” make up Part One of the two-part online festival celebrating a diverse range of contemporary theater performed by third- and fourth-year student actors.

“Down in the Face of God,” a post-apocalyptic mashup of the Greek tragedies “The Bacchae” and “Antigone,” will be livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. March 5-6 and at 4 p.m. March 7. “Sweat,” a tale of economic disadvantage, despair and reconciliation, will be livestreamed at 7:30 p.m. March 12-13 and 4 p.m. March 14.

Reservations for the free performances are available at or by calling the UNCSA Box Office at 336-721-1945.

Quin Gordon, director of recruitment for the School of Drama and director of “Sweat,” said the festival includes new, more diverse work for the students.


Call for artists

Creative Greensboro has issued an open call to create a roster of artists for concert planning through June 2022, including the free community concerts Music for a Sunday Evening in the Park (MUSEP) and Opus concerts.

The city provides the venue, stage, a sound technician and an artist fee.

MUSEP concerts are typically held outdoors every Sunday from June to August in parks, gardens and public spaces. Opus concerts are typically held at indoor venues throughout the city in the fall, winter and spring. In light of COVID-19 concerns, some concerts may be pre-recorded and streamed.

Contract opportunities are offered for 15-minute opening act sets, 30-minute guest artist sets and 45-minute guest artist sets.

Applications from bands/musical acts will be evaluated by Creative Greensboro staff. Preference will be given to bands/musical acts based in the Greensboro, Winston-Salem and High Point areas.

For more information or to sign up, email or go to

New play

The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present the world premiere of “Hadleyburg High” at 7:30 p.m. March 5 on the company’s YouTube channel.

This virtual play will continue to stream on-demand through March 14.

Hadleyburg is the perfect high school with perfect students who get perfect grades and live perfect lives. Or is it? When a locked box with a cryptic note appears on campus, students and faculty struggle to recall a mysterious stranger who appears to have her own lesson to teach. This fun play is adapted from Mark Twain’s short story, “The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg.”

Chad Edwards adapted and will produce the play.

The play is about 45 minutes and is appropriate for all ages.

Tickets are $11.49 including fees by phone at 336-725-4001 or at



Piedmont Opera will present a livestreamed production of “Cinderella” at 8 p.m. March 19 and 2 p.m. March 21.

Instead of a stepmother, this story has a foolish baron and his two vain daughters, both after the prince. Marie, who is called “Cinderella,” is left behind as they all accept an invitation to the Prince’s Ball. Hearing her sad song, her fairy godmother appears and promises to make Cinderella’s dreams come true.

Pauline Viardot’s “Cinderella” is a re-telling of the well-known fairy tale, composed in an operetta style that combines musical numbers and dialogue. Viardot wrote it to be performed by her voice students in her Parisian salon. Now, it will be livestreamed to you.

Tickets are $20 at or 336-725-7101.

“We don’t want to shatter the glass slipper, but we are shattering the glass ceiling, as we proudly announce that this is the first opera composed by a woman that the company has produced,” the opera said in a press release.


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