"Teatro in times of plague"

El Progreso is under lockdown, with curfew from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. All access to the city is cut off until Sunday. There has not been a case yet in El Progreso.

There have been cases in Choluteca, Tegucigalpa and La Ceiba, as well as one now in San Pedro Sula. Nine cases but no deaths so far. Those cities are under full state of siege.

The teatro is closed of course.

We Jesuits are all concentrated in the San José community; the people from the other house in Jensen barrio have moved in here for the duration, along with their cook; thus our cook here in San José can stay with her family (schools are closed of course and the kids are home) and not have to try to travel every day.

This is my first experience of a plague. Edy’s wife Lizeth said something while we were organizing the close-down that has stuck with me: that this feels like what we experienced after Hurricane Mitch. That gave me a way to focus what we have to try to do as an institution: After Miitch we came up with our whole Emergency Theatre (Teatro de Emergencia) project. Let’s see if we can channel our forces to respond in a similar manner.

Do you notice that I have not mentioned the subject? You know I don’t have to.

Wash your hands and take care.




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