July 30, 2021
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2020 Craig Noel Awards canceled due to pandemic

(Oct. 1, 2020) This has been a devastating and unprecedented year for San Diego theater community. The hearts of all the members of the San Diego Theatre Critics Circle go out to all local theater community artists who are enduring not only the loss of jobs and income, but also the creative work that feeds their souls.
As the pandemic wears on, it is now clear that San Diego’s theaters will remain dark for the rest of 2020 and perhaps well into 2021.
Over the past several weeks, the Critics Circle’s members have come to the difficult but necessary conclusion that we must cancel the 2020 Craig Noel Awards for Theatrical Excellence.
Our goal is to combine the onstage live productions that opened during the first 10 weeks of 2020 with whatever is produced onstage in 2021 for future awards consideration.
We may also add a category for outstanding virtual programming to honor the creative online work being produced by theaters countywide. We hope to return with our 20th anniversary ceremony in February 2022.
We plan to produce a memorial video at the end of this year for the local theater artists and patrons who passed away in 2020.  We would also like to create a highlights reel, that would encapsulate the live, filmed and Zoom-based shows that have been produced locally this year. Those will be released online around Jan. 1, 2021.


San Diego theaters shut down in unprecedented response to COVID-19 quarantine

For the first time since 1918, all of San Diego County’s theaters and other performing arts organizations closed down in mid-March to protect staff and the public from the coronavirus pandemic raging worldwide.

The San Diego Theatre Critics Circle extends its condolences to the hundreds of theater artists who were forced out of work by the mass closures.

Because the show must go on several San Diego County theaters are now streaming and posting live and recorded programming to engage, entertain and comfort theater-lovers worldwide.

Here are some of the stories our members have been writing during the pandemic crisis. To see features and reviews of shows that were produced both onstage and virtually in 2020, visit this link.

As quarantine extends, theaters juggle postponements, deficits – Pam Kragen – San Diego Union-Tribune

Theaters’ online program racking up viewers – Pam Kragen – San Diego Union-Tribune

San Diego theaters embrace online programming – Pat Launer, Times of San Diego

Sheltering at home for Bard lovers – Pat Launer – Times of San Diego

Blindspot Collective produces radically inclusive online theater – Pat Launer – Times of San Diego

Digital Storytelling from Moxie – David Dixon – San Diego Story

Old Globe going online with community programming – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Arts in the time of crisis – James Hebert – San Diego Union-Tribune

Tough times in the San Diego theater community – Pat Launer, Times of San Diego

Jacole Kitchen: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Vanessa Dinning: From the Arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Sean Fanning: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Lance Arthur Smith: From the arts front lines – James Hebert, San Diego Union-Tribune

Barry Edelstein: Theater in the time of virus – commentary in the U-T

All the world’s a stage for quarantine’d actor’s Sofa Shakespeare project

Theatre is the Cure monologues aim to unite the world

San Diego Opera reschedules rest of season due to COVID-19

San Diego Opera’s “Aging Magician” canceled – Pam Kragen

Arts in the time of crisis – James Hebert & George Varga

Old Globe offers online programming – James Hebert

San Diego Opera reschedule rest of season – Pam Kragen

Spring theater picks for 2020 – James Hebert

Theater artist profile: Sibongile Ngako – James Hebert

Streamed plays and performances pop up online – James Hebert

Tough times for San Diego theater community – Pat Launer

With new initiatives, theaters quickly shift programming online – Pam Kragen

As quarantine extends, theaters struggle with cancellations – Pam Kragen

San Diego live theaters unite to save struggling industry – Pam Kragen

All the world’s a stage for Sofa Shakespeare project – Pam Kragen

Sheltering at home with the Sofa Shakespeare Project – Pat Launer

San Diego Repertory Theatre announces 2020-2021 season – Pam Kragen

With tour on hold, ‘Hamilton’ star plans Moonlight happy hour concert – Pam Kragen

Popular North Coast Repertory Theatre actor J. Todd Adams dies – Pam Kragen

San Diego theaters preparing for when audiences come back – Pat Launer

Old Globe cancels summer festival for first time since 1947 – Pam Kragen

National audience survey highlights San Diego’s resilience – Bill Eadie

The challenges of making theater on Zoom – Pat Launer

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