What’s most important to you right now? 

My family.

What was most important to you before you had to social distance? 

Family. Before all of this happened I was going through extra circumstances with my family and my dad’s pancreatic cancer diagnosis. I was dealing with death already before this pandemic set in. I was also in a weird place career-wise, trying to figure out what the next right step for me was and where I should be. I think I was in a place of trying to look at everything in my life already– of what was important to me and picking projects that meant something or said something. I was kind of in that place already, but this has just sort of magnified it all in a way by taking away all these options. [I’m] realizing everything is so fragile. 

What’s the first thing you’ll do when this is over? 

Hug my friends–oh gosh, that sounds nice! …just to be back in my city and walk around a little more than I did before. Take it all in. Go to the first show I can go to and probably cry. 

What are you doing to pass the time? 

I am watching a lot of TV. I’m binge watching a lot of shows, playing random games on my phone–I should be doing more reading, but that’s where I’m at right now. 

What makes you happy right now?

The precious time with my mom right now is really nice. She and I are watching Picard together. That’s something we wouldn’t have been able to do cause usually it’s just a couple times a year I get to come visit. Having her home cooking is very nice. That’s been good. 

What would you tell yourself two months ago with the knowledge you have today? 

Do not stress out so much about this career stuff right now cause it’s not what matters. Everything’s going to go away anyway in a second. Deep breath, and buckle up, because things are about to get crazy. Everything can be taken away–everything that you think you know is set and definite–the way the world can change on a dime–it’s a lot more fragile than I ever kind of expected it to be. I never expected Broadway or all of our industry to shut down. It’s scary. It’s all sort of a harrowing lesson. 


Bonnie M-Bryan, Ohio

DAY 20