APRIL 2020 | VOLUME 190
LOCAL THEATRE & COVID-19 UPDATES
Well, here we are. Vancouverplays has suspended our daily updates since all our theatres are dark for the immediate future. We will update the
site every so often – like today, when Bard on the Beach Shakespeare
Festival announced that it has cancelled this summer’s season.
The few remaining summer festivals that have not yet announced are also
likely to cancel. So our theatres will all be dark until at least the
fall. Let’s hope that this pandemic has faded away by then to the point
where our theatres and our lives in general can return to something approaching the normal we didn’t really appreciate before all this happened.
In the meantime, please stay safe and healthy, and practice responsible social behaviour. Our hearts go out to our many theatre artist friends who are without income during this crisis. Now is when our improvisational skills should come in most handy. Be strong and be well.
For those who can afford it, the Arts Club is holding its 2020 Online Auction through April 8. Details at https://www.32auctions.com/artsclubcwf2020.
And for theatre junkies, there are opportunities on the various streaming services to watch some adaptations, documentaries and live-to-film plays. See Jerry’s article in the Vancouver Sun: https://vancouversun.com/technology/internet/eight-online-gems-for-theatre-junkies/. The Globe and Mail’s Kelly Nestruck also has some suggestions: https://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/theatre-and-performance/article-canadian-plays-and-productions-you-can-watch-or-listen-to-while/.
THE ARTS ARE NOT SOMEHOW APART FROM OUR NATIONAL LIFE,
THE ARTS ARE THE HEART OF OUR NATIONAL LIFE.
— Barack and Michelle Obama, 2009
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