Actors' Equity Association has approved Atlanta's Alliance Theatre's upcoming drive-in production of A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play.
"We are so thankful for this collaboration with our union partners," said Susan V. Booth in a statement. "Everyone in our industry is working towards finding safe and creative solutions to producing theater during this unprecedented time. We feel confident this is a right step in that direction."
According to Broadway World, in its proposals to Actors' Equity Association, Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, and United Scenic Artists, the Alliance outlined key protocols for actors and audiences to guard against the spread of COVID-19, including virtual rehearsals, daily self-evaluation and symptoms check performed by anyone reporting to work in-person, frequent COVID-19 testing for actors, stage managers, and anyone who has daily or direct exposure with the cast, utilizing a covered outdoor stage with socially distanced blocking and separate actor stations, daily deep cleaning of all backstage and on-stage spaces, props, and equipment, employing a COVID Safety Coordinator for the duration of the production to administer and support protocols
Enhanced plans for audience members include utilizing an outdoor, drive-in style production to keep audience members socially distanced, listening to the audio of the performance through their car radio or cell phone, contactless ticketing, and masks required for all front of house staff and anyone not in a vehicle.
A Christmas Carol: The Live Radio Play isis co-adapted as a drive-in radio play experience by Leora Morris and Ben Coleman and directed by Leora Morris. A small cast of actors playing multiple roles in addition to special moments of coordinated audience participation will create a brand-new experience based on the well-known story.
Additional details on dates, tickets, and drive-in location will be announced in the coming weeks.