Radio producer-host Caroline Breder-Watts recorded interviews with theater professionals over the years. Among them was this conversation likely recorded in around 2011 between the actress-impressario Jan McArt and her brother, the actor Don McArt.
In this time of quarantine, subtle resonances echo the underlying thread of Emily Dickinson’s isolation in Palm Beach Dramaworks and Actors Playhouse’s co-produced filming of the live play, The Belle of Amherst. The one-woman play slated for an early April cyber-release focuses on a multi-faceted depiction of the legendary poet
With most venues shut down for nearly a year, pandemic-era theater has taken many forms:
But few digital productions have achieved what Miami’s Juggerknot Theatre Co. and New York’s PopUP Theatrics pulled off in May with Long Distance Affair. Now there’s a second edition.
When the pandemic curtain came crashing down, Marilynn Wick’s largest wardrobe supplier in the nation saw its business evaporate and A Chorus Line shut down after one performance. But the company is fighting back with revues in its lobby and plans to reopen the musical.
A look back at 2020: Yes, South Florida theater was crippled by the pandemic. But its acolytes remained driven to express their artistry, and patrons remained ravenous for their work. They continued to explore projects, create avenues and seek paychecks with efforts ranged from filmed full-fledged productions to monologues newly penned in bedrooms.
Giancarlo Rodaz of Area Stage Company and Rachel Dean have turned their still-evolving musical The Ballad of Janis Matthews & The Dodo Scouts into a podcast.
Nine months into the country’s battle against COVID-19, Miami New Drama and its boundlessly imaginative artistic director, Michel Hausmann, have figured out a way to turn vice into virtue, exploring the seven deadly sins in an ambitious return to live theater beginning Nov. 27.
It’s not lost on anyone as these Florida actors sing ardent songs to each other — separated by six feet of stage — that the musical they are filming is titled Closer Than Ever. It’s impossible to ignore that resonance in MNM Theatre Company’s production currently being edited for online streaming release Nov. 27-Dec. 31.
Florida actor Rene Lavan is trying theater of a different sort. He’s starring alongside Tim Creavin in a recorded Zoom reading of Borrowed, the playwriting debut of Broadway producer Jim Kierstead.
Drive-in theater, theater behind storefront glass, podcasts: In spurts over 7 months, South Florida theater artists have been preparing experiments online and live, for free, for pay or donations. As many are coming into view this fall, they are coalescing into a new if temporary paradigm that holds out hope for the survival of the genre.