In this week’s Wall Street Journal “Sightings” column, I talk about the role of streaming video and other online content in the post-pandemic world. Here’s an excerpt.
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The St. Louis Shakespeare Festival recently announced that André De Shields, lately of “Hadestown” and one of the best actors in New York, will be playing the title role in a new production of “King Lear” that will open in June—outdoors and in front of a socially distanced live audience…if.
That ominous monosyllable wasn’t part of the announcement, of course, but it might just as well have been. Everybody knows that the restarting of the arts in America is contingent on the success of mass vaccination and the tamping down of potentially dangerous Covid-19 variants. Yet that isn’t stopping arts organizations from preparing to reopen their doors for the first time since lockdowns began a year ago this month….
Despite all this hopeful news, the specter of Covid-19 still haunts the arts. Yet we are nonetheless seeing the first stirrings of a post-Covid arts world, and when it comes to pass, we’ll find out whether America’s arts institutions have truly learned the lessons of audience engagement taught by the pandemic….
* * *Read the whole thing here.