Actor Evan Casey was two weeks into the run of “The Amateurs” at Olney Theatre Center — a play set during a 14th-century plague — when the Maryland venue closed because of coronavirus concerns. His actress wife, Tracy Lynn Olivera, was deep into her duties as assistant director of “Guys and Dolls,” the spring production at Ford’s Theatre, when that musical was shut down. It has been rescheduled for next spring.
The Maryland couple have no idea when their performing careers will resume, as theater closures are now stretching into late spring. They’ve also lost their side hustles, including Casey’s work with Capitol Steps and Olivera’s with a wedding band. In the span of just a few days, almost all of their income dried up.
“You’re always prepared for lean times, but you tend to know in advance when the lean times are coming,” Casey says. “This came out of nowhere and it came quickly. And it’s not just us, it’s everyone.”