The theatre community is reeling from the shutdown of Broadway theatre through April 12th, a public health measure to protect audiences from possible coronavirus transmission. During the 1590’s plague, when the theatre were shut as well, William Shakespeare apparently chose to write poems instead. From his “Venus and Adonis”, penned while playhouses were closed and writers were essentially quarantined, came this somewhat strange compliment: “The plague is banished by thy breath.” Should we theater people — writers, players and audiences alike — be staying home now and writing and reading poetry as a curative for the next month? Books, unlike group events, carry no germs.
Thanks to Craig Henry for this article. Read the entire story at this link – https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/opinion/broadway-coronavirus.html