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When COVID-19 turned our world upside down and inside out, SBMT created its eStudio to offer a variety of live and pre-recorded events—presented free of charge thanks to our monthly sustaining donors.

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South Bay Musical Theatre’s eStudio was founded during the pandemic as a way of providing an alternate source for online entertainment, enlightenment, and enrichment. Programs included Readers’ Theatre, Online Encores, South Bay Cabaret, Cinema Spotlight, Broadway by the Decade lectures, Behind the Curtain forums, Skills Workshops, and Amusement. Today, the eStudio has returned to in-person programming, complementing our mainstage offerings.

2023 eStudio events … 

Lips Together Teeth Apart

Lips Together, Teeth Apart:
A free, staged reading of the award-winning play by Terrence McNally

What: A bonus performance of a complementary work, tying in with our production of Rent.
When: One night only, Sunday, October  15, 7:00 p.m. PDT
Where: Saratoga Civic Theater, 13777 Fruitvale Ave., Saratoga, CA
Length: The play will be performed with one intermission and will last 2 hours and thirty minutes.
Starring: Joey McDaniel, Alicia Teeter, Mary Melnick, and Michal Rhone

Four beloved South Bay actors come together for a reading of a play about privileged, white, straight couples coming to understand that the HIV/AIDS epidemic is not just touching the lives of gay men and intravenous drug users. Set in the same time as the setting of our production of Rent, the early 1990s, when the rate of infection was still not under control and the death toll was continuing to rise, Lips Together, Teeth Apart humorously explores the folly of people who think their wealth and position protects them from the realities of the world in which we live.
Originally produced in 1991, Lips Together, Teeth Apart starred Nathan Lane, Christine Baranski, Anthony Heald, and Swoosie Kurtz.
About the story: Take two heterosexual couples and surround them with gay vacationers at Fire Island on the Fourth of July. What could go wrong? Find out in playwright Terrence McNally’s masterful dark comedy which brings to life ghosts of the past as it lays bare secrets of the heart. If you love plays that walk a fine line between laugh-out-loud comedy and truth-telling drama, this one is for you!

The Health Trust

Our charity partner for SBMT’s productions of Rent and Lips Together, Teeth Apart is The Health Trust, a local HIV/AIDS Services program that provides an array of safety net services for our neighbors living with HIV in the South Bay Area. This highly rated non-profit provides home-delivered meals, HIV and chronic illness care management, and housing support right here in Santa Clara County.

Other eStudio programming

For more educational, enlightenment, and enrichment content, check out past eStudio events in our eStudio archive or check our Workshops page for information on paid events.

Past Productions in the eStudio

To review the history of our past productions, or to re-watch recordings from our original content, please visit our eStudio Archive page.