This has been quite a year for theatre people… and it’s not even half way over.
I’m a Scenic Designer and when the coronavirus hit I had three shows in their first or second week of performances. Plus, I was working on the next one in the scene shop. I don’t even know if any of the sets are still there, honestly. I know only a handful of performances happened.
Undaunted, I started mulling over how the eventual reopening would play out. The possibilities seemed to be changing almost every day for that first month (March?). But I got together with other creatives in those first weeks and we brainstormed.
I have put together some ideas regarding how theaters can open up with content when the Coronavirus lockdown eases up. The file represents the opinions and thoughts of the author only, and not those of any person or any theatre implied either explicitly or implicitly within.
Don’t lose hope, my theatre brethren… there are shows and they are going on now!
If you, like me, wallowed — even briefly — in the fear that creative output would be put on hold for an unknown but sizable number months, it simply has turned out to not be true. There are many actors, writers, producers and theater owners out there battling the Zoom learning curves and Google Hangout intricacies in order to bring drama, comedy and excitement to your living room computers.
In the past few weeks I’ve enjoyed several plays, improvs, escape rooms, multi-screen media works, classic National Theatre performances, read throughs, and fake read-throughs. An amazing variety of experiences– and yes quite a variety of success levels and technical abilities — but they are out there.
Who among you hasn’t sat through a few clunkers just to find that gem or to learn something from the bravery of others that you can leverage in your own dramatic growth.
So keeping in mind that this is be no means an exhaustive list, here are some links (current as of May 17, 2020) to theatrical events. There are some national events that I felt were of interest to local theater people here as well several local (Southern California) events which are marked with ‘ * ‘.