The Show Must Go On: Surviving COVID

Live theater has struggled to keep its lights on during this two-years-plus pandemic.

Bill Clause and Craig Lubow discuss the challenges faced by local theater with three leaders:
  • Audrey Crabtree, Executive Director of the KC Fringe Festival;
  • Rohn Dennis, Shots in the Night (KKFI Radio Theatre) and producer of a live show at this years’ Fringe;
  • Mark Naggi, Shots in the Night historian, playwright and voice actor.
How have these groups survived COVID?  What is their viability moving forward?
Since it’s inception in 2005, the KC Fringe Festival has had a major impact on the cultural life of Kansas City.  The festival is the largest celebration of arts and culture in the Kansas City metropolitan area. For two weeks in July, the festival features performances, exhibits, and events that showcase the work of local, national and international artists.  The last couple of years have been a challenge for all live theater venues. The Fringe Festival adjusted by featuring virtual productions.  We discuss this year‘s lineup and how they will mix live and virtual performances.

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