Back to In-person Theater with Scott Denison

June 18, 2021 00:09:20
Back to In-person Theater with Scott Denison
Improv in Practice with Synergy Theater
Back to In-person Theater with Scott Denison
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Show Notes

The Vukasin Theater inside the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California is where Synergy Theater performed full-length improvised plays before the Lesher shut its doors, temporarily, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I talk with General Manager Scott Denison about the history of the Vukasin Theater, its possible future when the Lesher reopens, and Scott's own view in bringing us all back to in-person theater.

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