MAY 2020 | VOLUME 191
LOCAL THEATRE & COVID-19 UPDATES
Dear theatre lovers and theatre friends,
Vancouverplays continues to suspend daily updates since all our theatres are dark for the immediate future. We will update the site weekly but hold out little hope for any live theatre anytime soon. But where there’s life, there’s hope.
We can look forward to the Jessie Awards, taking place virtually this year. Nominees will be announced June 8, 7 pm. The awards will be handed out on June 28 at 7. Stay tuned for more details.
Every week there’s more hope that this pandemic will soon fade away to the point where live theatre and life in general can return to something approaching the normal we didn’t appreciate before all this happened.
Langley’s Theatre in the Country is presenting plays live on Zoom. Next up: Tartuffe, June 5-6 at 7:30. Viewing is on a pay-what-you-can basis, minimum $5. For more information and tickets, go to https://theatreinthecountry.com/2739-2/.
Vancouver Asian Canadian Theatre (re-christened vACT) in conjunction with Playwrights Theatre Centre presents a free public reading of Oh Sandra! by June Pang. June 16, 7 pm via Zoom. RSVP to email@example.com.
Having trouble keeping your kids occupied? Carousel Theatre for Young People presents Storytime Saturday. Every Saturday at 11 am, an actor reads a story or two of their choice. Free, but donations welcome. For info go to https://www.facebook.com/carouseltheatre.
The Arts Cub’s Digital Content Platform offers performances by Arts Club actors plus interviews with its artists and company history. Each Wednesday, an Arts Club instructor will present a Zoom workshop. Info HERE.
Read how one Massachusetts theatre company is trying to run its summer festival with facemasks and fewer seats HERE.
Stream the benefit concert for Stephen Sondheim’s 90th birthday, free, featuring a glittering array of Broadway stars and great Sondheim songs HERE.
Various streaming services are offering theatrical adaptations, documentaries and live-to-film plays. See the New York Times, “Where to Find Drama Now? All the Internet’s a Stage” HERE, and Colin Thomas’ April 16 Fresh Sheet HERE. See my Vancouver Sun article HERE and Kelly Nestruck’s Globe and Mailpiece HERE.
Nothing can really replace live theatre. Read 88-year-old Suzanne DeChillo in the NY Times, “Before Coronavirus, Theatre Was My Salvation. Where Do I Turn Now?” HERE.
How are Vancouver theatre artists handling the uncertainties and pains of having no work? See “Surviving Covid: A Resilient Theatre Community Faces the Unknown” (https://vancouversun.com/entertainment/local-arts/surviving-covid-a-resilient-theatre-community-faces-the-unknown/), and “Five Examples of Actors Doing Kickass Content Marketing” (https://thomasgage.com/blog/actors-content-marketing-examples).
lease stay safe and healthy, and practice responsible social behaviour. Our hearts continue to go out to our many theatre friends who are struggling without income during this crisis. Be strong and be well.
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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