Creativity takes many forms, some of them as written words. Novelists and poets create works that are, so to speak, one dimensional. As a rule they work alone, although Jim Carrey, the quirky oddball actor, has a novel in collaboration with Dana Vachon; a two person project called Memoirs and Misinformation. Notwishstanding this notable accomplishment, the book of fiction is a solo effort, with perhaps a preface in tribute written by an admirer.
The cinema and the theater depend on a crowd to put them across. There are directors, and actors, stage setters, and costumers, all preparing to set the scene in which the characters develop. Theater is meant to be live and in person. Film comes packed in celluloid (or the latest technology.) Both movies and plays are multi-dimensional.
Theaters across the country are busy producing plays, playlets, interactive and passively viewable to keep us in touch with and engaged in the playwright’s vision. Manhattan Theatre Company asks “Why do we love theatre?” Their answer, “seeing the world through someone else’s eyes.” In aid of this, they present the “student monologue challenge.”
Playwrights Horizons is promising “Be right back, New York City” and is showcasing its 2021 season. The New York Theatre Workshop quotes The Washington Post-“Theater has a future, believe in it.” NYTW offers memberships in support of a future season.
(See also, articles on the virtual theater, compiled here: