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Outside Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago. (Photo by Ana Martinez)

On Thurs., March 12, 2020, Broadway theatres closed for what some thought would be a matter of weeks, months at most. A year later they are still closed, with no firm plans for reopening. Over the weekend that followed that initial closing, countless shows of all sizes all over the U.S. either closed, had their final performances, or hosted “clopenings”—closing and opening night in one. Since then there have been but a handful of indoor performances at various theatres across the U.S., a number of outdoor events, and a proliferation of virtual or online alternatives. In May, the murder of George Floyd and the resurgent Black Lives Matter movement intensified scrutiny of the nation’s predominantly white theatre system and its systemic inequities.

As the nation’s theatres continue to hang in a state of suspended animation, we look back on the trauma, tragedy, reflection, protest, rebuilding, innovation, and relief, and consider what theatres and theatre people will take from this year offstage.

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