• Donna Ibale

WYPR & J. Wynn Rousuck Highlight the #BaltimoreTheatre Community's Response to COVID-19

On Thursday, April 9th, J. Wynn Rousuck talked to Midday's Tom Hall on WYPR about how the Baltimore Theatre community has fared in light of coronavirus quarantines.

"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. 

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."

For her segment, Rousuck spoke with BLOT Executive Director Donna Ibale, Spotlighters Managing Artistic Director Fuzz Roark, and Arena Players Artistic Director Donald Owens. Tom Hall also interviews Founder & Director of Pandemic Players, Stephen Deininger, about how the company was created and how they produce their weekly livestreams.

I asked Donna Ibale about the psychological impact this pandemic is having on theater artists. As you mentioned [Tom], 'They gotta write, they gotta act.' She told me there’s a 'real sense of loss on so many levels' but she also feels that 'this theater community is resilient.' It may come back smaller, audiences may have to be smaller, maybe more spread out.
Donald Owens, Artistic Director of Arena Players, insist that 'this is not the end.' He says 'We will all have to regroup and we may look a little different, but we will be bringing art back to the community.'

You can also stream the audio of the program here: https://www.wypr.org/post/theater-pandemic-actors-engage-virtual-stage



Donna Ibale, Executive Director


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