Live Theater In A Pandemic: A One-Woman Show For An Audience Of Four

Oct 20, 2020

Burning Coal Theatre Company’s only in-person performance this fall opened last week to a rapt audience of...four. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the live production of “A Hundred Words for Snow” is being performed before drastically-reduced audience sizes, creating an intimate atmosphere. 

The show has another unconventional feature — the audience spends a portion of the play blindfolded, while sound design and dialogue from the play’s sole character help convey images of plane rides and the snowy landscape of the Arctic. “A Hundred Words for Snow” tells the story of 15-year-old Rory — played alternately by Laura Lillian Baggett and Kimmy Fiorentino — who sets off on a journey to scatter her father’s ashes at the North Pole. Host Frank Stasio talks with Baggett and director Jerome Davis about creating live theater in a pandemic.