Stage Managing a Pandemic is the true story of Richard Hester’s experiences working as the Operations Manager for two major Broadway productions during the height of the 2009 pandemic. From inside “the bubble” of life on-stage, where concerns about germs and sickness are nonexistent, to his work with city health officials and other theater professionals in preparing for – and responding to – any potential outbreak, Mr. Hester provides an eye-opening account of what it was like to be on the front lines of one of history’s most significant public health crises.
For who is this book for ?
This book is for people who are interested in Broadway productions, public health crises and want to know what it was like to be on the front lines of one of history’s most significant events.
- The author has a unique perspective, as he was working in the theater industry during the pandemic.
- The book provides an interesting and insightful look into how Broadway productions operate.
- It is well written and easy to read.
- The author spends too much time describing the events leading up to the pandemic and not enough discussing his experiences during it.
- The book reads more like a memoir than a work of nonfiction.
- There is little analysis or reflection on what Hester learned from this experience.
Learn more about the author
Richard Hester is a stage manager and production manager who has worked on Broadway and in regional theaters across the country. He has been nominated for three Drama Desk Awards, two Lucille Lortel Awards, and a Tony Award. In 2009 he was awarded an Olivier Award for his work on the West End production of Billy Elliot.
“A fascinating, insider’s view of how Broadway productions dealt with the potential for pandemic. Well-written and engaging.”
“If you are at all interested in the theater, public health or just a good story, then I highly recommend this book. It reads like a novel but is based on true events.”
“A fascinating and insightful read that provides a unique look at the Broadway theater community during the height of the 2009 pandemic.”
“An insightful and informative read on Broadway during the pandemic. Hester provides an interesting perspective on how theater productions operated while health officials were preparing for a potential outbreak.”