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OPLIN 4Cast #689: In a pandemic, can the show still go on?

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There’s no question that the pandemic has affected nearly every aspect of everyday life. Think back to the last time you attended the theater: it almost certainly had to be before March of this year. Live entertainment of every sort has almost completely ground to a halt, and the repercussions of this have affected hundreds of thousands of performers and those in related roles. While existing technology can’t bring back live theater as we knew it, it is helping to at least alleviate the situation for some.

  • Theatres look to tech to keep performing [BBC] “Technology is now trying to fill the void until actors can begin treading the boards again, but can it really replicate the excitement of a live performance?”
  • Live Theater Is Changing in Creative Ways During Pandemic [US News & World Report] “Hale Center Theater in Orem began the Hale@Home series in March, streaming recordings of past performances through its website, with a new show each weekend.”
  • The Evolution of Live Theater During the Pandemic [WNYC Studios] “Meanwhile, in New York City, Broadway theaters remain closed at least through the end of this year. In a sign of how much the pandemic has altered the theater landscape, producers for the musical “Diana” announced last week that a filmed version of the show will premiere on Netflix before its planned Broadway opening next year.”
  • Can This Game-Changing Innovation Get Live Theatre Back Before the Pandemic Ends? [Playbill] “Brendan Bradley has built a theatre in which it is entirely safe for actors to perform onstage together and audiences to attend with friends (even those with whom you’re not quarantined) sans masks or temperature checks; and it exists in virtual reality.”

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