In-Person, Indoor Production ‘Blindness’ Premieres Downtown

“Blindness” at the Daryl Roth Theatre in Union Square is characterized as a thrilling and unique sensory experience.

What You Need To Know

  • It’s been over a year since Broadway has seen its last performance
  • But theater is slowly starting to come back to the city
  • Frank DiLella spoke with Producer Daryl Roth to learn more about how she is safely bringing live, in-person, indoor theater back to life

“The more I read, the more I started thinking about the fact that our venue could really be the perfect host for this kind of event,” said Producer Daryl Roth. “Because we have this wonderful high open space, you know it was a landmark bank building. I knew that we could really set up this production. Pods of two chairs socially distanced from one another and the experience of the light and sound around you just enhances what is basically a very unique piece of theater.”

So unique that there isn’t even a single actor physically present. That’s right, this show is told completely through audio and visual devices.

Roth said they have set up very strict protocols to keep their audience safe and healthy.

“That’s the number one concern. Once a person comes up the steps, gets their temperature taken and is ushered to their seat, they are safely in their pod,” said Roth.

Patrons we spoke to outside the theater expressed excitement, nervousness and curiosity to experience a show in-person again.

As for profitability, Roth said there is always a financial risk involved when it comes to putting on a show. But it was a risk she was willing to take.

“Look, you and I know theater is a huge risk, it’s a risk in the best of times. But it felt to me like this risk would be well worth taking if we could kind of lead the way and just show a bit of hope,” Roth concluded.

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