THEATRE IN LOCKDOWN, NYC
Hello from NYC, where we are self-isolating because of the virus. This is beyond the instructions of our politicians and scientists that all major Broadway theatres, conferences, events of more than 500 people be closed. My friends and colleagues in off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway/ independent theatre have closed down as of last week. Museums and other cultural centers have followed suit, as well as universities and public schools. Theatrical support organizations, such as the Actors Fund, Alliance of Resident Theatres/New York, Dramatists Guild, and more have switched over to online counseling and workshops. And many organizations have established emergency funds for small theatres and freelance artists. Yesterday, the restaurant under our offices closed and many are expected to be ordered to do the same. Unfortunately, young people are still crowding into bars and some restaurants, so these will be closed next. Tourist areas are fairly empty. As always with New Yorkers, we are reaching out to help one another. This is hitting the artist hard since many of us are freelance, but actually all in the sector are affected. However, it is better than the alternative of more people being infected and dying. The only ray of light is that we are being forced to learn how to create, teach, and communicate remotely. It is never as good as face-to-face or community experience, but it's something. I expect we will all learn a lot from this.