"Teatro in Time of Plague – 56

The ship carrying 68 containers has arrived to Puerto Cortés, and the containers have been unloaded. Tomorrow they will be checked out. There are 39 for Choluteca and 29 for Santa Rosa de Copán (I have no idea why they are different). There has been a considerable rise in the number of cases in Progreso. The police are claiming they will begin to enforce the digits of the day. They definitely haven’t been up to now.

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 - 84, 413 cases, 2, 521 deaths.

I went to the teatro in the morning. Luis and Edy were recording Frontera Sin Fin. They are dividing it in three “acts”, each of some 20-25 minutes. The idea would be to play them as “acts”, to stimulate discussion of each movement. Thursday the mobile hospital in San Pedro Sula will begin to operate. They say. The doctors are talking about a second wave of Covid; but I don’t see that the first wave has crested.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 - 84, 852 cases, 2, 528 deaths.

Today, 14 October, is the 30 anniversary of the death of Leonard Bernstein. My relation to him goes way back to the ‘50’s, with his marvelous Omnibus TV series (I particularly remember one on Beethoven’s Fifth and one on Carmen) and then West Side Story. Then the Young People’s Concerts. I had the fabulous luck to see his staging of Mass at the Metropolitan Opera, and then Harold Prince’s Candide on Broadway. He was a huge influence on me and all of my work. I had to go to the bank in the morning. It was amazing. There was no line, there was an open teller, and I was out in ten minutes. The actors were working on the text of Frontera Sin Fin. Turns out they are trying to get it down to 45 minutes for Radio Progreso. If memory serves, it ran about 70 minutes, so they have to cut a lot. Edy asked me to sit in on a reading of where they’re at at the moment. I couldn’t concentrate on it because my head was in bank and bookkeeping stuff. My comments weren’t worth much.

Thursday, October 15, 2020 - 85, 458 cases, 2, 533 deaths.

The people in Barrio Pénjamo, where I usually say Mass once a week, called me to see if we could get the Thursday Masses going again. They got an ok from the bishop and we opened up this afternoon with a sparse but very enthusiastic group. It was my first public Mass since this started (we have had private Masses in the house in San José).

Friday, October 16, 2020 - The official statistics page hasn’t been updated.

The mobile hospital in San Pedro Sula is receiving patients. Finally. The one in Tegucigalpa isn’t working yet. The containers of the two hospitals which just arrived at Puerto Cortés continue to be inspected by customs or whoever it is that does that. No word on the three that haven’t shipped yet. Got an email from a friend in the St. Louis today. He just received a snail mail letter from me that was dated August 20 (It was probably a day or two later when I actually put it in the mail). That’s almost two months. Coronavirus has definitely slowed down the mails (10 days to two weeks was pre-Covid normal).

Saturday, October 17, 2020 - 86, 691 cases, 2, 556 deaths.

I went to San Pedro Sula today, for a meeting with a good friend about establishing more of a relation between the teatro and the museum in San Pedro Sula, of which his wife is the director. It was an overcast drizzley afternoon. The bridge is still not in service. There was a considerable amount of traffic (especially considering that it was a Saturday afternoon). One accident on the way. Tomorrow marks three months since the disappearance of the Garifunas in Triunfo de la Cruz. The police say the case is advancing. Right.

Sunday, October 18, 2020 - 87, 594 cases, 2, 563 deaths.


Drizzled all day. Turns out they haven’t opened the bridge La Democracia is because they don’t have the light fixtures. That will be another decade.

Keep safe and wash your hands,





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