Working Toward a New Normal

by Jody Key — Managing Editor — April 4, 2020

FLOWERY BRANCH, GA

I know we’re all still reeling from the Friday the 13th reality that marks the beginning of COVID-19 quarantine. What became a suggestion to social distance and wash your hands has turned into a unprecedented shelter-in-place the likes of which none of us have ever experienced. I’ve not been publishing anything on the blog pretty much since then. You’ve seen some posts on Facebook , but that’s about it. Those of you who know me, know that Speakeysie isn’t my only gig. I’m a special education teacher and director of a children’s performing arts academy. As such, I’ve been scrambling the last 3 weeks to adjust to online teaching and running rehearsals online. It’s taken up the majority of my time and energy.

To my partners who have sent me press releases, I apologize that I haven’t sent those out lately. I have been posting as much information on Facebook as I can, as that is the social media entity of the majority of our client base. I’ve also been working with the incredible efforts of ATLANTA ARTIST RELIEF FUND, which was founded by my amazing friend Rob Brooksher. This is a miraculous grass-roots effort and shows the compassion, heart, and resilience of our beloved theater community in the ATL. They have delivered meals to those in need, and raised money to help artists in the ATL faster than most churches. As I’m asthmatic and unable to deliver food, my efforts for this organization include online tutoring for kids who are struggling with school from home. If anyone is in need of my services, feel free to email me at speakeysie@gmail.com.

So spring break has finally begun, and I sadly canceled my flight to Part City, Utah to enjoy a much anticipated visit with my mom and sister and play in the snow. Now that things are slowing down a bit, I’m finally able to catch up on press releases — and there are quite a few.

While it may seem like this is the new normal moving forward, I am optimistic and adopt the philosophy the Fabulous Fox proudly displays on their marquee, “THIS IS JUST AN INTERMISSION”, and the next act has actually already begun. Atlanta theaters have found a way to take lemons, make grape juice, and leave us all wondering how they’ve done it. From live streaming of shows, to concerts from home, we have been treated these past 3 weeks to some incredible entertainment. Our theaters refuse to roll over and give up.

So I’m sorry (not sorry) for the barrage of press releases you will be getting from us this week. In the meantime, if you have the means, please give to your local theaters either in the form of purchasing season tickets or donating a one-time gift. I know our followers understand the impact and importance of the arts, so I don’t have to tell you what a crucial time this is for our area theaters. They need our love and support.

As always, peace be with you!! — JODY KEY

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