In New York, coronavirus cases are going down. Vaccination rates are going up. And theater artists are stepping out of grid view and onto the stage.
For the sixth episode of “Offstage,” our digital series about theater making during the pandemic, we visited Lin-Manuel Miranda at the Drama Book Shop — which he now co-owns — to talk about the return of “Hamilton” and making spaces for artistic collaboration.
We also considered the return of Shakespeare in the Park with the playwright Jocelyn Bioh and the director Saheem Ali, who spoke with the New York Times critic at large Maya Phillips about their new adaptation of “The Merry Wives of Windsor” — set in Harlem, imagining many characters as immigrants from West Africa, and called, simply, “Merry Wives” — which is in performances from July 6 to September 18.
The episode featured an excerpt of the show, performed by the actors Susan Kelechi Watson (“This Is Us”) and Pascale Armand (“Eclipsed”) on the outdoor stage of the Delacorte Theater in Central Park.
We stopped by New York’s newest outdoor park and arts venue, Little Island, which recently began offering live performances in its 687-seat outdoor amphitheater in Lower Manhattan.
And, with Broadway’s reopening on the horizon, artists from 19 shows shared with us a sample of what they’ll be doing when they return to the stage.
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