Editor’s note: Atlanta’s artists face uncertainty in this age of coronavirus. To help us all connect, we offer this new series: “In Our Own Words.” In each post, an artist will share their experience, strength and hope as they navigate a new normal.
I was at Aurora Theatre. Sunday, March 15. I was teaching a playwriting class to the apprentices and this was to be their final reading. We did it for the apprentices only, and Tony and Ann-Carol [producing artistic director Anthony Rodriguez and associate producer Ann-Carol Pence]. No audience. Going in, Ann-Carol said they were going to continue producing as long as they could. By the time we got out at 9 o’clock, everything had changed. They were going dark.
I’m working on a project for Hallmark because they’re lining up what they can do when this ends. It’s a royal romance [his sixth Hallmark movie since 2016]. There’s something quite soothing about spending my days writing about a fairy tale. I’m getting over my aversion to FaceTime, so I can see friends. I have the opportunity to work on my own stuff for a while, to use this time to tell a story because eventually we will gather again. Also stress baking.
This is not the end of the world, but it is the end of the world as we know it. These moments as a culture are always terrifying because we’ll have two hurdles to clear on the other side. There will be the moment when we are granted permission to gather again and the moment when we actually do. I’ll continue to promote the viability and necessity of live storytelling. I’m confident that there will be new ways to do business and gather as a community. I’m excited to see what that looks like.
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