Since the pandemic made gatherings unsafe and live performance went on hold indefinitely, I’ve felt off-balance and unmoored. I’ve missed theatre something fierce, but more disturbingly I’ve felt numb and disconnected. I have avoided most of the digital content that has exploded onto the scene—those quick and dirty re-imaginings intended to fill that aching gap in our theatre-loving hearts. I understand the artistic need to maintain momentum, to draw audiences and eke out a living, but so little of it has captured my imagination.
As we advance into Stage 3 and its controlled gatherings, opportunities for in-person performance open up and my heart swells. The Guild Festival Theatre is one company making strides to safely reach live audiences. I had the pleasure of tagging along with artistic directors Helen Juvonen and Tyler J. Seguin, and a few members of their rotating team of actors and crew, for a night of Porch Plays. Continue Reading