A Vermont theater will be one of the first three in the nation to resume indoor production with union actors during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Actors’ Equity, which represents more than 51,000 performers and stage managers, chose Northern Stage, located in White River Junction, and two other New England venues from a pool of more than 120 applications.
The union has not allowed any of its members to perform inside a theater in nearly six months — two outdoor productions had taken place earlier this summer.
“We are delighted that Actors’ Equity Association has approved a production of ‘It’s Fine, I’m Fine’ by Stephanie Everett to run live, in-person on stage at the Barrette Center for the Arts this fall,” Northern Stage posted Wednesday on its Facebook page.
The Upper Valley nonprofit venue said it is still finalizing details for the production, a one-woman, autobiographical play about career-ending soccer concussions that Everett wrote and performs.
Everett wrote the play during her Dartmouth Experiential Term at Northern Stage, according to the theater. The story follows Everett as she wrestles with life after suffering four career-ending concussions as a soccer player at Dartmouth College.
The other stages Actors’ Equity selected to begin producing shows are the Weathervane Theater in Whitefield, New Hampshire, and the Music Theater of Connecticut in Norwalk.
All three theaters have committed to frequent virus testing for actors with results within 48 hours, limited audiences with social distancing as well as utilizing modern heating and cooling systems that offer maximum air filtration and circulation, according to an article in The New York Times.
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