New York state Governor Andrew Cuomo has eased some of the restrictions on crowds and entertainment events.

One of the first events to open is “Blindness” – a sound installation – at the Off-Broadway venue the Daryl Roth Theatre.

Not an April Fool’s joke, “Blindness” opened on April 2 with an open date for the shows ending.  This marks the first ticketed event in New York City since the city was shut down due to the Covid-19 pandemic over a year ago. Productions are currently scheduled to run through September.

Via the “Flex Venues” program initiated by Cuomo, the Daryl Roth Theatre can hold socially distanced events with a 33 percent capacity or a maximum of 100 people.

In a art imitates life event, “Blindness” is based on the Jose Saramago novel that leaves people blind after a global pandemic.  Attendees experience the story via headphones in with atmospheric lighting.

According to the “BlindessEvent” web page, the event is about demonstrating that, “together —and safely—they will experience the importance of community in our present moment, and be reminded of the hopeful end that lies ahead”.

Tickets must be purchased in pairs of two or four and show goers are separated into pods.  Face coverings and temperature checks are required for all attendees.  The theatre has installed an enhanced ventilation system and routinely sanitizes the theatre.

Tickets are available at  Doors open only 10 minutes prior to showtime and late arrivals will not be permitted into the theatre. 

“Blindness” debuted last year before the shut downs in London.  The production is planning performances in Mexico City, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.

feature photo credit: “BlindnessEvent” Facebook page