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How The Pandemic is Transforming Theater

A series of immersive audioplays performed and mixed live, using tech developed by theatrical sound designers and engineers. A summer festival’s entire season of new plays and classics released on Audible. A wild satire of gay identity politics, beamed to your computer in a high-gloss, multicamera broadcast from a theater space in Brooklyn. A playwright’s recreation of “The Seagull” in “The Sims 4,” livestreamed on Twitch.

This is theater in 2020, as the pandemic has prodded an ancient art form — and an often hidebound industry — to explore the digital potential it’s eyed so warily in the past. As the theater’s biggest commercial motor, Broadway, has languished, resourceful artists and producers are making work that incorporates video, gaming and interactivity into hybridized digital-theater forms that, rather than serving as mere stopgaps, stand poised to endure even after the return of theater as we knew it.

“There are so many

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How ‘Blue Bloods’ and Other Shows Resumed Filming in Pandemic N.Y.C.

“Just the Covid division alone for each production could be up to 40 people,” said Doug Steiner, the chief executive of Steiner Studios, where seven series, including Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and Showtime’s “City on a Hill,” are back in business.

About one person every week or two test positive somewhere on the lot, Mr. Steiner said. But so far, he said, the productions have managed to isolate cases and their contacts, and continue filming. Studios pay for testing, and their coronavirus teams do their own contact tracing.

The city said that at least one production had shut down for two weeks because of virus cases, while others have shut down for a day or two.

It’s impossible to get a complete picture of how often the coronavirus is appearing on set, as no one is tracking that number fully. Daniel Hank, a New York producer and a member

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Pandemic Disrupts South Korean Adoptee Reunions, but Some Find a Way

The twins’ mother is now 85 on a farm in rural South Korea, afflicted with dementia and Parkinson’s disease.

“When I heard that, I was very worried,” Ms. Doerr said. They became more worried when their June trip had to be postponed. Her condition is still mild, they believe, but the fear is “less and less of her memory will be available as she gets older.”

Their biological brother, who speaks some English, told the twins that their father wanted sons rather than daughters.

“Coming to terms with all that,” Ms. Doerr said, “has been an interesting ride for me.”

Undeterred by the prospect of two weeks in a hotel, Allison Young, 38, traveled in August from her home in Frederick County, Md., to South Korea with her husband and three biological children. She was returning as both an adoptee and

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How safe are indoor movie theaters during the COVID pandemic?

Remember what it was like going out to see a movie?

Even though movie theaters have implemented protocols to protect guests and staff during the COVID-19 pandemic, and many of the measures have been met with praise from experts, the exhibition industry remains in a state of crisis. Indoor theaters have been closed in Los Angeles County since mid-March, and Gov. Gavin Newsom pulled the “emergency brake” on the rest of the state last week, shutting down many indoor businesses in California, including most movie theaters. Even when these restrictions lift, the industry will be anxious to reopen safely.

And in many other states, the question remains: With the national totals surpassing 12 million infections, more than 255,000 Americans dead and daily numbers surging to record highs, just how risky is it to see a movie indoors?

The argument from the exhibition industry to keep theaters open relies on confidence

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Emmy-Winning Pili Montilla’s New Project – ‘Fun for Life Radio’ on DASH – Prescribes Effective Remedy for Coronavirus Pandemic Blues

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico, Nov. 23, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Fun For Life Radio is the newest station on Dash Radio, streaming an eclectic mix of captivating talk and discover-worthy tunes. “The station was created by Fun For Life Entertainment Group to not only enable the company’s constellation of artists and influencers to more fully connect with their audiences, but also to provide comfort and intellectual enrichment to stressed-out homebound listeners,” shares FFLR’s Emmy award-winning TV Host & producer Pili Montilla, who also hosts Truth and Tunes with Pili Montillaon the station. The timing couldn’t be better, as media consumption has risen due to the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, and working from home means more time for people to engage with entertainment and particularly radio according to Nielsen Music. There has also been a significant boost in radio listening due to a surge in smart speaker

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Rise in suicides prompted by pandemic is met with lack of U.S. action

But one question haunts him the most: “What if the pandemic never happened? Would my son still be alive?”

Since the coronavirus arrived, depression and anxiety in America have become rampant. Federal surveys show 40 percent of Americans are now grappling with at least one mental health or drug-related problem. But young adults have been hit harder than any other age group, with 75 percent struggling.

Even more alarming, when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently asked young adults if they had thought about killing themselves in the past 30 days, 1 of 4 said they had.

America’s system for monitoring suicides is so broken and slow that experts won’t know until roughly two years after the pandemic whether suicides have risen nationally. But coroners and medical examiners are already seeing troubling signs.

In Arizona’s Pima County, officials have sent two health bulletins alerting doctors and hospitals to

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America’s Pandemic Thanksgiving Is Almost Here And The Numbers Will Surprise You

Record prices. Masked Guests. Online cranberry shopping. CDC Warnings. One thing is certain: You’ll never forget this year’s holiday.


This year, the CDC suggests Americans try a virtual Thanksgiving. Health experts across the country advised eating outside — or inside wearing masks. New York’s governor is ordering families to keep it small. In Chicago, the mayor wants to just call the whole thing off. A lot of folks aren’t listening. Tripadvisor’s Travel Index suggests more than half of Americans will be traveling for Thanksgiving.

There is very little that is typical about Thanksgiving 2020, including the holiday’s star attraction: The turkey.

Turkey sales at supermarkets are surging compared to 2019, even as restaurant shutdowns have dragged down industry sales overall. High demand combined with pandemic-restricted supply is resulting in record high prices of $1.38 per pound

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G-20 Summit Opens With Calls For United Response To Pandemic : NPR

European Council President Charles Michel, on screen bottom, participates in a virtual G-20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels on Saturday.

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European Council President Charles Michel, on screen bottom, participates in a virtual G-20 meeting, hosted by Saudi Arabia, at the European Council building in Brussels on Saturday.

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This year’s G-20 summit began Saturday with a call for world leaders to mount a united response to the coronavirus pandemic.

In opening remarks, King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud of Saudi Arabia, which hosted the virtual two-day meeting, applauded initiatives by G-20 nations to invest $21 billion in global efforts to combat the pandemic and $11 trillion to bolster the global economy.

King Salman urged leaders to expand efforts to provide access to vaccines and treatments, as well as

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Homicides skyrocket across U.S. during pandemic, while robberies and rapes plummet

In Greensboro, N.C., the violence has gotten so extreme that a shootout erupted in front of the county courthouse the other day, across the street from the sheriff’s office, leaving a 20-year-old man dead. Greensboro set a city record with 45 homicides last year, and, as of Friday, already had 54 this year.



a group of people on a stage in front of a car: Detroit Police homicide detectives at the scene of a fatal shooting in 2018. Homicides are up 28 percent nationwide in 2020, and aggravated assaults are up nine percent, according a survey of 223 large and small police departments.


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Detroit Police homicide detectives at the scene of a fatal shooting in 2018. Homicides are up 28 percent nationwide in 2020, and aggravated assaults are up nine percent, according a survey of 223 large and small police departments.

“We’ve always had a level of gang activity,” Greensboro Police Chief Brian James said in an interview, “but it’s more prolific now. I’m not sure what’s changed, but the offenders are more bold than they’ve ever been.”

Homicides across America rose more than 28 percent in the first nine months of this year,

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G-20 Leaders Meet Virtually Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia—Saudi Arabia opened a summit of G-20 leaders Saturday that was held virtually because of the coronavirus pandemic, which has ravaged the global economy and infected nearly 58 million people.

King Salman bin Abdulaziz delivered opening remarks to other heads of state and government in an extraordinary videoconference. President Trump, who is trying to overturn the results of the this month’s election, barely looked up from his desk during the 10-minute remarks. Moments later, he tweeted about “massive and unprecedented fraud.”

No evidence of widespread election irregularities has emerged. And attorneys who specialize in election law say they see little chance that Mr. Trump’s campaign to reverse his loss to President-elect Joe Biden would succeed.

In a statement, the White House said Mr. Trump discussed with the other leaders the need to “restore strong economic growth and jobs as we overcome” the pandemic. In his remarks, the White

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