As New York laws start to permit efficiency venues to reopen their doorways, Off-Broadway’s Daryl Roth Theatre welcomes audiences again to its area starting April 2 for the socially distanced sound and light-weight expertise Blindness. The open-ended engagement marks one of many first dwell, ticketed occasions to open in New York Metropolis for the reason that coronavirus shutdown.
Impressed by José Saramago’s dystopian novel and tailored by Simon Stephens, the piece charts maybe acquainted territory—a sudden international pandemic—that leaves its victims with out sight. Audiences expertise the story, as narrated by Olivier winner Juliet Stevenson, by means of binaural headphone expertise whereas immersed in an atmospheric design.
After debuting at London’s Donmar Warehouse in August final 12 months, producer Daryl Roth announced she would carry the present to her namesake venue pending the approval of public well being protocols. The opening is made possible as a part of New York’s “Flex Venues” program, which permits areas that may accommodate socially distanced configurations to renew performances starting April 2. Per state laws, viewers capability is restricted to both 33 p.c capability or as much as 100 individuals.
Blindness’ myriad security protocols embrace temperature checks, masks necessities, two-person pod seating preparations, enhanced air flow, and routine sanitization.
The Walter Meierjohann-helmed manufacturing options sound design by Ben and Max Ringham, lighting by Jessica Hung Han Yun, and extra designs by Lizzie Clachan. Extra creatives within the U.S. embrace Markus Potter (affiliate director), Chris Cronin (affiliate sound designer), and Gina Scherr (affiliate lighting designer).
Separate productions are additionally on the horizon at Mexico Metropolis’s Teatro De Los Insurgentes, Washington, D.C.’s Shakespeare Theatre Firm, and Toronto’s Princess of Wales Theatre.
Tickets for the New York Metropolis run are on sale at BlindnessEvent.com.