Safe Theater Comes To Virginia Community During Pandemic

A theatre group in McLean, Virginia, has focused to create a show that comes right to car windows. “What would people in pre-Internet times do if the same situation came up?” asked Andrew Scott Zimmer, writer and director of the drama “Small Change.” He said that’s the question the group answered by coming up with a drive-through play.

According to wtop.com, “The idea was to bring safe theater to the community during the pandemic, but in a way that people could still get out of their houses. “In 10 monologues, we tell a cohesive, really sweet story,” said Danielle Van Hook, director of youth theater programs for the McLean Community Center’s Alden Theatre. The audience drives through in their cars to each actor and actress to hear the show, which follows the journey of a $1 bill as it interacts with the characters. It sold out its first two weekends so they added this weekend. The show closes on Sunday.”

As per wtop.com, “Van Hook said she usually doesn’t get to interact with the audience much when they are coming and going from the theater before and after shows. But during this drive-through theater experience, she said that she has been able to interact with the audience in their cars as they leave the show. “It’s been amazing to see this idea that I had a few weeks ago come to the point of moving someone to tears in their car in a parking lot,” she said. The show runs in socially distant intervals between 6 and 8 p.m. on Sunday.”

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