When New York’s stay-at-home order went into effect in March, Siobhan O’Loughlin immediately panicked. Since 2015, she had been touring around the world for her theater project Broken Bone Bathtub, which usually takes place inside of a bathroom in someone’s home for an audience of however many people can fit—usually, five to 12. How could an artist whose work hinged on such immersive experiences survive the age of Zoom?
O’Loughlin understood that her gigs would be cancelled at least through the summer. “But the first thing I felt is something that a lot of independent artists can relate to,” she said: “How am I going to stay relevant during this time?”