What Will Theater Look Like in 2021? – Karen Isaacs

As the pandemic tightened its grip on Connecticut earlier this year, many of the rest of us took the time at home to hone our bread baking skills, kill time on social media, or catch up on that Netflix series we had been hearing about.

Not Marc Deaton, of Madison Lyric Stage.

Instead, he sat down and wrote a searing memoir, which he then presented to a group of friends and supporters at a barn in his backyard in early fall. Deaton performed the play with three other performers to an appreciative and enthusiastic audience and has plans to present his work, A Memory of Truth?, as part of Madison Lyric Stage’s season 2021 season.

The question is this for Madison Lyric Stage and other Connecticut theaters and theater companies: What will theater look like in 2021? There are more questions. Will all of Connecticut’s professional theaters survive? Will audiences be comfortable attending performances? Will the economics of smaller audiences, all spaced out to stay safe, work? What new ways will emerge of presenting theater? And, what will happen to Broadway? Off-Broadway?

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