A Playwright’s New Topic: Her Husband, the Pandemic Skilled

Gunderson was cloistered for a lot of the spring, beginning in March when San Francisco and neighboring counties turned the primary within the nation to order residents to remain at dwelling. She has purchased her groceries on-line since; social interplay outdoors her household has been restricted to some walks with associates and sparsely attended birthday events within the yard for her two youngsters, who’re 6 and 4.

However as a author, Gunderson stated, she was not handcuffed.

“I’ve had the freest thoughts I’ve had in a number of years,” she stated. “The deadlines evaporated.”

“The play,” she added, “got here out of that area.”

That’s to not say placing it on has been simple.

It was filmed the primary week of December within the empty Marin Theater, throughout the Golden Gate Bridge. The crew included a girl whose job was to verify the director stayed socially distanced from the digicam operators; to supply hand sanitizer, gloves and different protecting gear; and to manage coronavirus checks. The checks have been so costly that the crew was pressured to chop the filming from two weeks to 1.

“We have been all constructing the boat as we have been crusing it,” Gunderson stated.

William DeMeritt, a Shakespeare specialist whom she recruited to play her husband, flew in from New York after which labored from an auxiliary condo close to the theater, a mother-in-law unit owned by certainly one of its patrons.

“I rehearsed remotely from that little condo with everybody else on just a little Zoom display screen,” DeMeritt stated.

The filming was carried out with solely half a dozen crew members, every of whom was allowed entry to a discrete area within the theater. It was shot in snippets, a novelty for a crew accustomed to works’ being carried out from starting to finish.

Gunderson watched from dwelling by way of livestream.

DeMeritt, who in pre-pandemic days had roles in “Shakespeare in Love,” “The Merry Wives of Windsor” and a handful of tv exhibits, stated he hopes the manufacturing evokes an business that has been walloped by the virus. Something, he stated, to assist theater survive the pandemic.

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