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Posted March 03, 2021in Center Stage

Creativity and adaptability drive pandemic performances

This month marks the one-year anniversary of when stages across central Iowa went dark. As local producers mourn the loss, they remain resolved to adapt and find ways to overcome [...]

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Posted February 03, 2021in Center Stage

New varieties of performance arts arise from the pandemic

One truth always seems to emerge from cultural chaos: creativity will find a way to adapt, overcome and continue to engage the public. Central Iowa is showing its mettle during [...]

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Posted January 06, 2021in Center Stage

Short-, mid- and long-term performing arts strategies

One thing that we’ve learned about a pandemic such as this is that this virus has no concept of calendars, seasons, economics or aesthetics. This relentless Covid-19 invasion doesn’t care [...]

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Posted December 02, 2020in Center Stage

The local performing arts scene finding pandemic niches

Creatives often have to embrace patience. This contradicts their strong “take charge” mindset during the creative process. The patience side of performing artists’ yin-yang is currently being tested. They thrive [...]

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Posted November 04, 2020in Center Stage

Is that a glimmer of stage lights we see at the end of this dark cultural tunnel?

Two-hundred-and-nine days. That is how long it has been since the Des Moines Community Playhouse has presented live theater in its mainstage performing hall. It was the last of the [...]

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Posted September 30, 2020in Center Stage

Dark, virtual, or real space

When last we left this fluid situation, the central Iowa theater scene reflected the national and international trends and responses in their art. Each company, with its own unique circumstances, [...]

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Posted September 02, 2020in Center Stage

Theaters find ways to connect

The local theater scene continues to evaluate and evolve, balancing the necessity of safety with the call of the muse to produce performances. Without our traditional focal points in performance [...]

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Posted August 05, 2020in Center Stage

Cloris Awards

There has never been anything like the current pandemic’s influence on the live performing arts. Local and regional disasters have stopped theater before, but nothing has had such an insidious [...]

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Posted July 01, 2020in Center Stage

Adapting to deliver to theatrical audiences

The COVID-19 pandemic changed all aspects of our lives as it insidiously swept into every corner the world. The world of live performing arts was immediately plunged into a foggy [...]

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Posted June 08, 2020in Center Stage

Peeking behind a new curtain

When last we convened, I shared observations from leaders in our theater community. The world of live performing arts was immediately plunged into a foggy realm of uncertainty. Shows were [...]

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