A lot of our company members of Jabberwocky Audio Theater usually make some of their living from performing in live theater… though at the present you can imagine that isn’t as easy.
Still, I know that live theater will return. Last month, I shared a message from the artistic director of the Guthrie Theater in Minnesota about theater’s enduring qualities.
In the interim, theaters are finding ways to weather the closures and one way, as detailed on NPR, is to do plays as radio dramas.
The article references Orson Welles’ famous “War of the Worlds” broadcast from 1938, which Jabberwocky commemorated in 2018 with our own live performance of “War of the Worlds,” set in modern day and locally here in the Washington, DC area.
I hope this trend helps keep the lights on for many theaters — and while I grew up with both types of theater, I’m quite excited by the prospects that this introduces new listeners to the “Theater of the Mind.”