Coronavirus

Dad’s Garage Goes Virtual To Keep The laughs Coming

Dad's Garage Improv Theater marketing director Chelsea Steverson talks about the livestream of "The Social Distancing Spectacular" amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Dad's Garage Improv Theater marketing director Chelsea Steverson talks about the livestream of "The Social Distancing Spectacular" amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Credit Lisa Rayam / WABE

Just because we’re all stuck inside doesn’t mean we can’t have a laugh.

With the coronavirus pandemic forcing theatre companies nationwide to close shop–leading to huge financial losses– Dad’s Garage Improv Theatre in Atlanta is launching the “Social Distancing Spectacular!” and livestreaming to keep its doors open and get a steady flow of donations.

We probably need it now more than ever,” said Chelsea Steverson, the theatre’s marketing director. “And I think the Dad’s Garage mission of providing laughter to a community is so relevant right now.”

Out of nearly 25 years of improv making locals chuckle, Steverson has been at the nonprofit for just over a year. The virus isn’t going to force the stage to go completely dark, and livestreaming can be a lifeline for performers who have more vulnerability in terms of their finances.

Performer Matt Hobbs plays during a live stream inside Dad's Garage Improv Theatre during the coronavirus pandemic.
Performer Matt Hobbs plays during a livestream inside Dad’s Garage Improv Theatre during the coronavirus pandemic. (Lisa Rayam/WABE)

“When we’re looking at an organization like ours that’s looking to lose between $150,000 to $300,000 over just a short period of time, we have to really consider how we’re starting to ask for money, how we’re raising it, how we’re continuing to pay our artists,” Steverson said.

“If you have a ticket to a show, I encourage you not to ask for a refund unless absolutely necessary. Turn that ticket into a donation.”

Improv shows for both kids and adults stream daily starting at noon at twitch.tv/dadsgarage

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