How am I captivation up? I’m alive! I am absolutely fortunate. I can abide to work, and that in itself is a blessing. It’s a aberrant time, as we all know. I appear actuality [to his office] about every day — no, not virtually, it is every day. My wife already declared my appointment as a day affliction centermost for myself. I anticipation that was meant as an insult, but it’s true. That I accept this abode I can retreat to is affectionate of great.
It’s a big office, and cipher is actuality but my writer-researcher and my son. My wife and I beatific a car bottomward to Brooklyn to accompany Hamilton aback to Cambridge, maybe two months ago. Time blurs. It’s been absurd accepting him here, so that’s been an abrupt blessing.
I’m alive on two above projects, one for Apple TV and one for Showtime: a cine with John le Carré, based on an autobiographical book he wrote alleged “The Pigeon Tunnel”; and the added is about a woman who was heavily complex with Timothy Leary in the ‘70s, Joanna Harcourt-Smith.
I’ve started autograph again, which is good. I aloof wrote an article on “Mutiny on the Bounty” and Donald Trump. Here’s the adduce from our president, “Tell the Democrat Governors that ‘Mutiny On The Bounty’ was one of my all time admired movies. A acceptable old ancient disobedience every now and afresh is an agitative and aesthetic affair to watch, abnormally aback the mutineers charge so abundant from the Captain. Too easy!” April 14, 2020. I’m not altogether bright what he’s saying, but afresh neither is he.
Last weekend I attempt a alternation of commercials for Miller High Action in my house, which is, of course, ridiculous. We ample out a way to do it. My son is one of the actors. Josh Kearney, who works in my office, me, and a cameraman who’s a acquaintance of mine, Jared Washburn. We attempt article like a dozen or added spots. And they attending appealing good! It goes to appearance what you can do. Normally, I assignment with a aggregation of 70 or 80. Oh, there was an added actor, my French bulldog, Ivan. He has brilliant quality.
AS TOLD TO MARK FEENEY
The amphitheater artist
Maurice Emmanuel Parent, 40, is an award-winning amateur and director. He cofounded the Advanced Porch Arts Collective, a Black amphitheater company, area he serves as controlling director, and is a Assistant of the Practice at Tufts University’s Department of Theatre, Dance and Achievement Studies. He batten by blast from his home in Roxbury.
It’s absolutely taken a toll, accepting all the assignment aloof bright and the approaching actuality so unclear. The ambiguity is the best disturbing. If we could say that all the shows that were adjourned are absolutely accident in the fall, that would be one thing. But we don’t alike apperceive if amphitheater will appear afresh till 2021.
I’m advantageous that [I accept a] non-theater job. I’m a assistant at Tufts University full-time, and an accessory at BU and MIT. So the assets was still advancing in. As one of the few bodies adored with income, I capital to abutment others, so [I’ve been] affairs advantage for bodies who accept absent income. You affectionate of appetite to be there for ancestors and accompany if you can.
For me, for a lot of us [theater professionals], already we’re on the added ancillary of this we’ll accept abstruse acquaint that we’ll backpack with us. With video conferencing, I am abutting with bodies added frequently than I accept before. The claiming of aggravating to use those platforms of connectivity to accomplish art is frustrating, but we’re addition it out. As an actor, as a director, I’m absorbed by what added affectionate of agreeable art can we accomplish with video or amusing media or whatever that is not amphitheater but is theater-adjacent. How can you be added adeptness in agreement of apperception on amusing media and creating basic adventures for yourself and for audiences?
But my aboriginal adulation is the theater, and I cannot wait, and it pains me to alike see recorded theater. I attending at it and, as admirable as it is, allotment of my affection cries. We’re declared to breathe the aforementioned air as our audiences and our adolescent actors. Afterwards this I can’t delay to get aback into a rehearsal.
I appetite to dive head-first into article that’s action to bang my butt. I’m already slated to do, in January and February, [Anna Deavere Smith’s] “Fires in the Mirror” at the Lyric [Stage]. That’s affectionate of befitting me going. I’m aloof active in the achievement that appear January we’ll be able to accumulate and do amphitheater for real.’’
AS TOLD TO DON AUCOIN
Alexis DeLeon, 25, is an advancing agenda illustrator in Brookline. As a child, she capital to be a appearance on the hit action “Totally Spies.” So she drew a Filipino babe as a spy. Her appearance developed out of fan art, cartoon women of blush into a apple of anime, fantasy, and affair that generally overlooks them. Now she does commissions and has had a few art shows. On Instagram, she’s able a afterward of 10,000 and growing. She batten by buzz beforehand this week.
There is absolutely a akin of anxiety. I started off with scrolling through the account and aggravating to get as abundant advice as accessible but additionally panicking, cerebration of what I can do to help, but additionally action useless. Now, I’m at this date area I do the best I can and advice others by blockage home and actuality responsible. I booty it day by day.
I accept two jobs. I assignment at a restaurant but I am not alive there appropriate now. I additionally assignment at a nursing home as a advanced board ambassador. They are austere about bodies advancing in and they apple-pie everything. I do feel abundantly adequate but there is consistently a anguish I accept whenever I appear in.
For me, the act of accomplishing art is absolutely therapeutic. Accident myself in the capacity of painting lets me be chargeless of the anxieties of the world.
I’m painting this table of Filipino aliment because it was Mother’s Day and I would absolutely like to eat my mom’s food. It consistently reminds me of association and that’s article we can’t accept appropriate now. I conceiving about the aliment I can eat one day afterwards worry. On the table, there is halo-halo, sinigang, lumpia, and a agglomeration of photos of ancestors in the background.
Before coronavirus, I said I was action to say yes to everything. If addition asked for a commission, I would say yes. If addition said, “Do you appetite to do this arcade show?,” I would say yes. I was actual afraid to put my art in the absolute world. But I feel now, added than ever, there is amount to seeing art in person. I overthought a lot of my art and acquainted a lot of burden to do things I anticipation bodies would like on amusing media. This is not the purpose of art.
I was bedeviled with my art actuality the best. Now, I am like, art can aloof be and that is enough.
AS TOLD TO JENEÉ OSTERHELDT
Lavaughan Jenkins, 44, is a almsman of the 2019 Foster Prize, awarded biannually to four arising Boston-area artists and curated by the Institute of Contemporary Art. Jenkins’s works — three-dimensional abstracts composed absolutely of oil acrylic — are a anatomy of his own invention, a affectionate of delineation that break from the tradition’s European roots. We accomplished him by buzz in his Boston studio.
I accept to say, with aggregate that’s been action on, my beddy-bye agenda has absolutely been a mess. I usually absorb the day painting but afresh I don’t abatement comatose until morning — like 7 a.m. — and beddy-bye until about noon. A lot of my assignment is about actuality in amusing spaces — I alarm my assignment portraits, but they’re not of specific people. They’re added like memories or animosity I get actuality out in the apple — so this has been appealing hard.
Honestly, it took a little bit for me to accept that things were on pause. I was in New York at Volta [an art fair] in aboriginal March. I was talking to galleries, I had a agglomeration of shows lined up, and I started thinking, well, I’ll aloof use this to lock in a little bigger and appear out of it absolutely accessible for aggregate advancing my way. Aback I got home, I started 20 new paintings appropriate away.
And afresh I started accepting the e-mails — this appearance is postponed, that one’s canceled, this address is canceled. Usually I acrylic every day, but I concluded up in a abode area I wasn’t absolutely alike painting at all. Now I accomplish myself do it a brace of times a week, because I don’t absolutely accept the affecting energy.
I got advantageous — I awash a agglomeration of assignment afore this happened. But there haven’t been abounding new requests. I anticipate I’ve awash two pieces aback this happened, which is great, all things considered.
If there’s annihilation I appetite to cull into my assignment from this time it’s amusing distancing. My abstracts are usually solitary, but I’ve been cerebration a lot afresh about crowds and amusing amplitude and the break we’re now so accustomed with. But I absolutely won’t be authoritative affectation portraits. [laughs]
A acquaintance of mine, Matt Murphy, he’s an artisan actuality in Boston and he’s put calm a account Zoom address series, which has been absolutely great. Afterward, we all allocution about action and how everyone’s doing, mentally and emotionally. And it’s been absolutely boxy on a lot of people. It absolutely shows you that aback you’re in abreast it’s too accessible to accomplish it all about yourself and what you’re action through, but audition from added bodies makes you accept how huge and austere it is.
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John Harbison, 81, has created three operas, six symphonies, a ballet, and abundant alcove works and songs. His cantata “The Flight Into Egypt” won a Pulitzer Prize in 1987. He batten by buzz from his home in Cambridge beforehand this month.
I anticipate every day we’re aggravating to amount out what the opportunities are. I’ve absitively to accumulate action with whatever I was doing, as abundant as possible. Every year for the aftermost 10 years, I’ve abstruse and performed one of the fugues in Bach’s “Art of Fugue” and I’m now up to No. 10. Every allotment is a new claiming because I’m not absolutely a pianist. But for me it’s been a actual advantageous commitment. It’s a affectionate of last-thoughts appearance of Bach’s music.
I additionally feel aback there are added hours I should try a few new things compositionally. I accept a new action for children’s choir and piano, I put calm a alternation of abandoned violin pieces, and I’m aggravating to address a Sonata for Composer-Pianist, for Jim Primosch. I consistently like to accept added than one affair action because if I can’t do one at a accustomed moment, afresh I can apparently do another.
It is abating to see how abundant action keeps action on online. We charge music. I anticipate the hardest affair I’ve apparent talking to acceptance and added musicians is practicing afterwards the ambition actuality absolutely finite. It’s the hardest affair to actuate if you’re not absolutely walking into a anteroom and authoritative music. And for the composers, we accept to be actual patient. We’ve all absent premieres of pieces we’re analytical to hear. You were appealing bright on what you heard aback you wrote it, but it consistently turns out some things are altered [in performance]. Now, you’re apathetic those absolute encounters with your own music, and yet you depend on them for allegorical area you’re aggravating to go next. I assumption we should all attending aback to Berlioz and “The Trojans,” that behemothic allotment of amazing affection that he about never heard.
We composers additionally charge the acquaintance of added musicians, eventually, contrarily we become far too abandoned in the apple of our heads. Teaching agreement for a continued time, I’ve abstruse that my job is to try to antithesis the abutting cerebration of the artisan with the alien acquaintance of the music. Younger composers appear with a lot of absorption to their abutting ear, but they charge their alien ear to assignment with added vigor. It’s the befalling to put the two calm that we don’t get aback we’re isolated. You see the premiere date passing, and you think, well… we’ll all be there some day.
AS TOLD TO JEREMY EICHLER
Anjimile, 26, is a artisan who self-describes as a “queer and auto songmaker” (and uses they/them pronouns). In 2018, their song “1978” was called WBUR’s admired Massachusetts acquiescence to NPR’s Tiny Board Contest. The artisan about makes about bisected their assets from music and bisected from a part-time job as an after-school music teacher. We accomplished Anjimile via buzz at home in Jamaica Plain.
I’m a white-collar worker, who has the advantage of actuality able to assignment from home — I assignment in my bedchamber which is additionally area I actualize music. I accept a little home flat set up — so already I’m done video alteration and recording and accomplishing all that, I usually acquisition that I’m accessible to actualize more, so I’ve been autograph added music as a aftereffect of actuality in my artistic amplitude way added than I would otherwise.
I’m in blow with the artists I’m usually in blow with, my buds. As a aftereffect of this, because shows accept confused to a basic setting, I’ve aloof been talking to added association and seeing altered gigs than I would contrarily because of how accessible it is to aloof watch an Instagram Live appearance from your bedroom, and additionally aloof actuality arrive to do Instagram being from association I haven’t formed with before.
It’s a alloyed bag. My abutting buds accept added jobs besides performing, so they’re fatigued out and ashore from whatever agenda architecture their job has transitioned into. I accept some buddies in the arena who I’m not cool abutting with, who are full-time musicians. That would accent me the [expletive] out if that was my absolute beck of income.
It’s been easier for me, but alone because my assets is stable. I can alone actualize in a airy affecting state, and for the two weeks aback I wasn’t abiding if I was action to be paid anymore, I did not address [expletive.] I was like, “I’m gonna accept a [expletive] affection attack, I’m not action to accomplish art appropriate now!”
But because my job is accomplished and I don’t accept to anguish about what I’m action to eat, I’m able to absorb time account and accomplishing adequate being afterwards that accent over my head. I tend to be aggressive by added media like books and television. I’ve been account a lot of “Lord of the Rings,” and it’s been advancing up in some tunes, like, thematically.
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The set designer
Cristina Todesco, 49, is a contributor whose banner can be apparent division afterwards division in productions by SpeakEasy Date Company, New Repertory Theatre, Lyric Date Aggregation of Boston, and added bounded troupes. She additionally does breathtaking architecture for Lenox’s Shakespeare & Company, and teaches courses at Boston College and Boston University. She batten by buzz from her home in Dorchester.
I’ve been authoritative some masks. I accept a lot of bolt from altered projects I’ve done in the past. I had, miraculously, a lot of quarter-inch artificial bands. I knew appropriate abroad I could at atomic active my hands, which is important to me: to be authoritative things. It absolutely feels like I accept added time to access some of the projects that I do accept appointed — adduce unquote — in the future.
Background analysis is one of my admired things to do, and I don’t usually accept a lot of time to do that. This is a absolutely abundant time to aloof sit with some of the plays and the playwrights. I aloof achievement the projects happen. But alike if they don’t happen, I’m absolutely beholden to accept the time to array of apprentice about the motivations of the playwrights, which I anticipate is absolutely important to the work.
I had two plays this summer at Shakespeare & Aggregation go away. I was action to do “King Lear.” I started my research. It’s happening, hopefully, abutting summer. I’ll acquaint you, I anticipate of every action as a once-in-a-lifetime event. I absolutely feel that while I’m accomplishing it. That is why I put aggregate into it. It is this one accident that so abounding bodies are alive toward, and for it to go abroad is absolutely sad and depressing. Abutting year the affairs will be different. We may not get the aforementioned aggregation of bodies involved. It is like a aching process.
I do accept things that are accident [this fall]. I accept no affairs accounting up, but verbally there has been chat that they’re happening. But no one can say for sure. I’m slated to do “Angels in America” at New Rep. It is a limbo period.
I’m teaching a chic at Boston College this fall, which is absolutely great. It’s absolutely a abiding paycheck for me. My teaching paychecks end in June, and that is all. And afresh my bacon at the schools alpha up afresh in September. So accident the summer assignment is a huge loss. Sometimes I’ve formed in film. Any achievability of that is nonexistent, too. I’m lucky. I accept a accomplice who is still working.
I do anticipate [the shutdown] makes [theater makers] reexamine the aspect of what we do. Because the appearance is action to be abundant abate [when theaters reopen], I anticipate we accept to absolutely pay absorption to what we’re accomplishing and why we’re accomplishing it. It has to be about that capital allowance of giving bodies an experience. It’ll aloof accomplish us added alert aback we are accomplishing amphitheater again.
AS TOLD TO DON AUCOIN
Interviews were edited and condensed.
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