Times are tough all around, but Central Virginia’s theatre world is facing a particularly tough time at the moment. This podcast takes a closer look at the situation.
Chances are if you know Jerry Williams, it’s from his recent documentary, Spider Mites Of Jesus, which focuses on the colorful life of Richmond legend Donnie Corker, aka Dirtwoman. But Williams has been a fixture on the local artistic scene for a long time now, and one of his other major endeavors is the Richmond Theatre Critics Circle‘s Curtain Call RVA podcast, a bi-weekly creation for Open Source RVA that Williams produces.
For the latest episode, which will premiere on WRIR at noon on Friday, April 17 and be available on the RTCC website afterward, Williams has put together an extensive look at the many ways the Richmond theatre world is working to survive during the COVID-19 pandemic. The upcoming episode of Curtain Call RVA, which is over 50 minutes in length, speaks to representatives from every local theatre to learn how productions were affected by the outbreak, how compensation of those involved in shows was handled, how theatre staff is being affected, and what theatres are doing to ensure their survival until their next season… whenever that may be.
In addition, the podcast will also feature an interview with CultureWorks’s Scott Garka about the COVID-19 Artists Relief Fund the organization has set up. Plus, Jacqueline O’Connor of Richmond Performing Arts Alliance will give details on their Legends At Home livestream series, and the quartet of housemates who created Richmond Quarantine Theatre will talk about their own efforts to continue creating art under these trying circumstances.
If you care at all about theatre and performing arts in the Richmond area, you’ll definitely want to catch this new episode of Curtain Call RVA and get the scoop on what theatre in Richmond will look like throughout this trying time, and beyond. Williams and the RTCC are offering a message of support and hope for the local theatre scene, and reminding us all that we’re in this together, and the show must go on.
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