First live local theater since COVID is a new-normal ‘Next to Normal’

DC Metro Theater Arts shares an exclusive pictorial logbook of ETC’s inaugural production.

As artistic directors and theater managers all over the DMV wrestle with how and when to stage live theater indoors, the brand-new Encore Theater Company went ahead and presented two live performances outdoors, in a backyard in Takoma Park. In lieu of a review the show—the musical Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt—DC Metro Theater Arts invited Director Steve Quintilian and Musical Director Julie Lloyd to take readers on a “you are there” tour.

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