Just days after Factory Theatre’s production of “Lady Sunrise” came to a victorious end last year, artistic director Nina Lee Aquino and the rest of her crew, ensemble, and staff watched as Canada’s entire performing arts sector came to a shuddering halt.
The COVID-19 pandemic had been spreading through Asia and Europe since December 2019, but it was only a day after the World Health Organization declared it a global pandemic on March 11 that Canadian officials began to take drastic action. For Canadian theatres, music venues, and art centres, the public health restrictions that followed closed the curtains on live performances indefinitely.
Aquino had to call her crew and cast with the horrible news — the rest of their season had to be cancelled immediately. Indoor theatres are dangerous spaces for disease transmission: tightly packed, enclosed, facing a
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