Tonight I'm watching the original cast of Assassins reunite on YouTube and for the first time in nearly a year, I feel like writing about theater.
On January 26, 2020, we published our most recent post, declaring that we were on hiatus due to unforeseen circumstances.
In truth, it was four months after the death of our mother and we were caring for our dad as he recovered from a stroke. We had no energy for anything, much less theater.
It feels strangely prescient that we were on hiatus when the world--and the theater world--fell apart. It's nearly the anniversary of the last 'show' we saw in person: Louis Jenkins: A Remembrance and Celebration of His Life and Work at the Guthrie Theater on March 11. (Mark Rylance appeared, so we're counting it as theater.)
Despite our near absence from engaging in theater, we have nothing but admiration for the amazing and resilient theater artists who PIVOTED and created inventive virtual programming in these crazy times. Our admiration also goes to our friend Cherry and Spoon, who kept the theater love alive all year.
It's spring now, hope and vaccination is now in sight and I feel like we can finally look back at 2020. While perusing blog posts we never published, I found one that was to be titled 2020 - The Shows We've Already Lost.
Here's the text:
"Facing a widening coronavirus pandemic and new limitations on large gatherings, the industry said it was suspending all plays and musicals for 32 days, effective immediately." (Broadway, Symbol of New York Resilience, Shuts Down Amid Virus Threat, New York Times)