Kean University

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University Document

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Quarantine, Ventilate, Be Ready to Quit: In-Person Theatre in the Time of COVID


When planning a full season of shows for Premiere Stages at Kean University in Union, N.J., artistic director John Wooten (he/him)typically submits a four-page proposalto Actors’ Equity Association. But for a single recent production of Fannie Lou Hamer, Speak On It!—staged outdoors just five times with two performers for relatively small, socially distanced and masked audiences—Wooten “went back and forth 15 times” with the stage actors’ union, filling up a safety worksheet with a “multicolored rainbow” of highlights of concerns and solutions, for a document that ended up close to 30 pages

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