VIRTUAL: THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT
Filmed In-Person on stage at The Spot
by Jeremy Kareken & David Murrell and Gordon Farrell
Based on the Book by John D'Agata and Jim Fingal
Behind the scenes, since June 2020, we have been in an on-going negotiation with Actors’ Equity Association to craft a Health and Safety proposal to produce in-person work at The Spot. This extensive proposal has gone through eight revisions and has been reviewed by the union’s safety team, regional representatives and most recently senior staff and directors at the national headquarters. Many theaters working without approval, in violation of the union’s mandates and required safety protocol have been stripped of the ability to hire union members in the future and in some cases have had their professional status revoked.
We have gotten close several times only to be thwarted by the county’s cases spiking again, setting us outside the range to safely produce in this area. Despite our best efforts and massive updates to our space, the volatility of the virus has foiled us at every turn. It is important to us to fully realize the shows we have selected for the 2020/2021 season in our unique and intimate space, SAFELY, and as
such we continue to fight for approval to produce them in-person at The Spot (this includes pre-recorded, virtually streamed shows.) This is why we have not had any Mainstage or Studio Series productions to share with you since the shutdown.
The widespread availability of the vaccine in Blaine County brings The Spot much closer to the union signing off on our proposed work. This theatrical void has been hard on us, and we are grateful for your patience, continued support and belief in our mission despite the lack of shows.
We look forward to being able to announce dates for THE LIFESPAN OF A FACT (as promised) and our Spot Studio Series the moment we have that hard-won OK.