Hi everyone and welcome back! I took my first week off to move myself back to NYC, baby! I never knew that my life would involve driving a much-too-large U-Haul across multiple drawbridges (yes, DRAWBRIDGES, what the hell New Jersey) but I have to say, it feels damn good to be back. The sun is shining, the vaccines are flowing (or jabbing?) and the energy is contagious.
Being back in New York has thrust the “reopening” phase into my direct view. I am experiencing every emotion in regards to work coming back- but my most striking impression is that scripted, rehearsed theatre seems to be staying online (with the exception of Shakespeare in the Park) and that in-person offerings veer towards the concert, stand-up, quick music-set variety. I’m guessing that this is mostly because of rehearsal constraints, but it brings into focus more long-term questions for reopening. Are there hybrid forms of rehearsing that would allow for more traditional theatre to open? Can we “bubble” like many dance companies and film sets? (Don’t get me started with sports bubbles and sneaking instagram models in…) Are plays too long? Is the pressure of reinventing and reopening going to stress us out even more? How am I going to feel when some of my colleagues are working sporadically again, and I’m not?
As always, can’t wait to hear your thoughts. Happy Spring!