Exploring the new normal for Minnesota’s live theater scene

Two people sit on a swing with a third in the background of the stage
In this February 2020 file photo, Emily Gunyou Halaas as Viola, Sun Mee Chomet as Olivia and Michael Hanna as Sebastian in the Guthrie Theater’s production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare. The production was among the last before the coronavirus pandemic shuttered theaters in 2020.
Photo Courtesy of Dan Norman

During the pandemic, Minnesota’s theater companies lived their industry’s credo: The show must go on. Some worked outdoors, others offered livestreams and virtual performances and some went deep with pandemic-specific programming. 

Now that Broadway has reopened and many local venues are returning with masks and social distancing, theater companies are applying what they learned during the quarantine to their futures.

Guest host Euan Kerr checked in with Minnesota theater directors on life during the pandemic and returning to the stage in all its forms.


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