Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in the age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we’re offering this series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.
The realization that COVID-19 was changing the world happened in stages. The first was when the NBA shut down. Next was Broadway canceling performances. Yikes! I knew it was only a matter of time before theaters across the country followed suit, including Atlanta. Even when the Alliance closed, we were still rehearsing The Light [at Horizon Theatre] while keeping an eye to the news. The final moment was waking up to the news article about the New Jersey family. That hurt. I didn’t know them, but knowing that doing something as normal as gathering with loved ones could cost lives, that’s all I needed. From that moment forward I’ve had clarity. Life as we’ve known it has changed.
I began rehearsals for The Light, a two-person show at Horizon with Enoch Armando King. We were set to go into tech before Covid-19 closed the theater temporarily. We are still finding ways to keep the conversation going surrounding the show until we are able to give if it life in front of a live audience. Still, it hurts. Enoch and I have wanted to work together in this capacity for years. We never anticipated that dream would be postponed under these circumstances. Additionally, I just accepted an offer to do a weeklong workshop/reading at Alabama Shakespeare Festival. I’ve long since wanted to work at ASF, so that was a blow.
I bought a jump rope! It’s an amazing workout and has highly meditative qualities. I’ve been praying, meditating and finding stillness. I document my daily happenings in my journal. I read somewhere that documenting life during a global pandemic will prove valuable later. Not necessarily for profit but historically. Teletherapy with my therapist. I’ve also had more Zoom chats, parties and drinks than I ever thought possible. I adore my family and friends. This is the best way to stay connected and safe. Also, chocolate. Lots of Hershey-bar-eating happening at my house.
My prayers have changed. I still pray for my loved ones, but my heart has expanded to the world. I am acutely aware of our interconnectedness. My hope is that we all know that and hold on to it. We are GLOBAL citizens and what we do affects other people. Period. I hope the grace, mercy, kindness and patience we are extending to one other remain long after social distancing. Like it or not, we are one. We have one life and one Earth to share. May we live each day with that at the forefront our minds.
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