The productions will be developed initially by videoconference, as long as the officials need social distancing, then the objective is that the interpreters rehearse together in person and record in the studio. As a result, the schedule is unknown.
Audible will pay artists, who will include not only actors and directors, but a battery of sound designers and audio producers.
Williamstown had not yet opened a ticket office for this summer; he had sold lots of tickets to his most devoted fans, and Greenfield said these people would have “special access” to the audio season.
Greenfield said the financial damage to the festival caused by the cancellation of the live performances would be “devastating, as is the case for every income-dependent cultural organization.” She said the organization will look to donors and the government to help it move forward.
The festival has only 11 employees all year round, and they are still working, but its staff usually rises to around 400 people during the summer, and most of them will not be hired this year. The cancellation of in-person performances will also have an inevitable impact on a number of restaurants, hotels and other businesses in the North Berkshires that rely on the expenses of festival patrons.
Summer in the southern Berkshires also promises to be difficult: the famous dance festival Jacob’s Pillow has canceled its entire season. The Berskhire Theater Group hopes to start a season on August 1, while Barrington Stage Company has canceled its first production and hopes to start on June 18.