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re: Broadway’s Reopening Fears Amid COVID-19: “There’s So Much We Still Don’t Know” (THR)
Posted by: BillEadie 05:34 pm EDT 07/23/21
In reply to: re: Broadway’s Reopening Fears Amid COVID-19: “There’s So Much We Still Don’t Know” (THR) - broadwaybacker 03:23 pm EDT 07/23/21

I went to a new play reading last night, sponsored by La Jolla Playhouse. This company has only indoor theatre facilities (three that are regularly scheduled), so last night was the first time they had an audience in any of their venues since the pandemic began. Detailed instructions were sent out regarding what to expect. Masks were required to ride a shuttle bus from the parking garage. There was a symptom check upon arrival, and wrist bands were issued to indicate that the check had been completed. The symptom check did not include a temperature check. It may have included a question as to whether one was fully vaccinated (I don’t recall one way or the other), but if it did they took you at your word. The volunteer ushers were masked. Some audience members wore masks; most didn’t. The performers did not wear masks. There were no concessions available, either before the show or at intermission. Our area has no requirement for indoor masking at the moment, though some indoor venues require masks to enter. I imagine one function of hosting these readings is to provide a trial run for the subscription season, which begins in the fall.

The plays being read this weekend and next are:

SUMO, by Lisa Sanaye Dring
ALL THE MEN WHO’VE FRIGHTENED ME, by Noah Diaz
not-for-profit (or the equity, diversity and inclusion play), by Francisca Da Silveira
ONE-SHOT, by Andres Rosendorf

Bill, in San Diego
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