Theater In The Pandemic: Actors Engage On The Virtual Stage | WYPR

Theater In The Pandemic: Actors Engage On The Virtual Stage

Apr 9, 2020

Credit Stephen Deininger/Pandemic Players

Last month, after Maryland Governor Larry Hogan declared a ban on all large public gatherings, the region’s theaters — like most of its businesses — were closed to the public.  But actors gotta act, and it wasn’t long before the theater community found new and creative ways to connect with their stay-at-home audiences.  We'll hear about some of them today.

Tom is joined first by our theater critic, J. Wynn Rousuck, who has been sampling some of what’s out there for home-bound theater lovers. 

Theater critic J. Wynn Rousuck
Credit Rob Sivak/WYPR

Here are links to some of the virtual (online) thespian offerings that Judy recommends (including Pandemic Players, also linked below): 

Baltimore Center Stage, Where We Stand
Play at Home
Royal National Theatre
92nd Street Y,
 especially its Sondheim program
Theatre Project 

and Happenstance Theater, in particular.

Pandemic Players director Stephen Deininger
Credit Stephen Deininger

Then, Tom talks with local theater director Stephen Deininger.  He’s the founder and director of Pandemic Players, a defiantly creative response to the shuttering of our theaters. Its digitally-produced performances -- which can be followed on its Facebook page and seen on its Youtube channel -- are also helping to raise emergency funds for the theater community.