East Dallas Arts’ first production, “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee,” featured students from area schools.

Neighborhood nonprofit East Dallas Arts will stream four live productions this fall for your viewing pleasure during the coronavirus pandemic.

The lineup includes “Spring Awakening” from Sept. 18-20; “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” from Oct. 9-11; “Night of the Living Dead” from Oct. 29-31; and “The Christmas Line” from Dec. 4-6.

Jeremy Landon Hays. Photo courtesy of East Dallas Arts

“Spring Awakening and “Night of the Living Dead” will be directed by Broadway’s Jeremy Landon Hays, who will serve as director in residence during the fall season. Hays made his Broadway debut in “Les Misérables” and recently played the role of Raoul in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” on Broadway.

East Dallas Arts co-founder Tom Parr contacted Hays, and the two began talking about ways to save live theater performances while keeping actors and actresses safe during the pandemic. From there, they created an artistic vision for the season and a unique stage design that adheres to social distancing protocols.

Auditions will take place Aug. 7- 8 on Zoom. To reserve a time, email eastdallasarts@gmail.com.

Rehearsals will be conducted virtually via Zoom, and some will take place in person with masks and social distancing. Productions will be live streamed and presented on demand.

Parr will direct “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” and “The Christmas Line.”

Parr, along with East Dallas neighbor Amy Kulas, co-founded East Dallas Arts in 2018 to foster a greater appreciation for the arts through performances, education and experiences. Shows will take place in the nonprofit’s new performance space, which opened in February at 10620 E. Northwest Highway.

The East Dallas Arts performance space at 10620 E. Northwest Highway. Photo courtesy of East Dallas Arts

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