How will theatre survive in this time?

Updated: May 3, 2020

We are currently living in an unprecedented time of self-quarantining where we are all feeling the effects in one way or another.

The medium of theatre is thousands of years old and it has survived. It has done so by keeping relevant. I know many other creatives disagree with me about this, but I personally believe the only way theatre can keep up with younger generations is through streaming. When I was 15, I watched a National Theatre production of Frankenstein with Jonny Lee Miller and Benedict Cumberbatch. It will stay in my mind forever. I watched the special edition of Phantom of the Opera that had a suprise after the curtain call (I would share but I can't risk spoiling it!)

What can we do? Well there are plenty of play readings, audio plays. I narrated a short Wilde-esque play, participated in a feature script reading and watching a 10-minute play by Julia Stier over at itspersonalstage. There are still ways to keep performances going.

More than what we can do for ourselves. Theatre relies on community. Like a church but instead of God we have Stanislavski and instead of Jesus, we have Brando. There are a number of Go-Fund-Me’s right now including:

Noho Arts District and UCB to name a few.

When pushed to the limit, we can all do incredible things. The important thing is to stay together and support one another through this time. We may be forced to be physically separated but that doesn’t mean we can’t still connect.

It matters not how strait the gate,

How charged with punishments the scroll,

I am the master of my fate,

I am the captain of my soul.

Excerpt from ‘Invictus’ by William Ernest Henley

Noho Theatre's Go-Fund-Me ,

UCB's Go-Fund-Me to name a few.

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