We Will Get Through This
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Hold, Please: Stage Managing A Pandemic chronicles life in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic from the point of view of a Broadway stage manager in Manhattan. Why was this an important book for you to write?
I didn’t realize that I was writing a book when I began. I was trying to make sense of the remarkable events that were unfolding all around us. There was so much information coming at us that I felt was either being misinterpreted or was just untrue, that I started feeling responsible for trying to put it all into some kind of order. About six months in, I realized that in addition to that, what I was creating was a first-hand account of a time in our history that I was sure everyone was going to forget. You only need to look back to the Spanish Flu pandemic a hundred years ago to see that even though it is a monumental event, people will forget.
Are there any experiences from 2020 that you see differently now that you have had time to reflect on them?
Certainly, when we look back politically, we have a great deal more information with which to fill in the overall picture. Like Mayor Guiliani during 9/11, Governor Cuomo was a much-needed voice filling either the crushing silence or countermanding the utter nonsense coming from the White House. It took us time to be able to look back and see that he wasn’t quite the saint, to say the least, that we had come to think of him as. Then the White House, itself – wow, do we know more now than we did!
What were some ideas that were important for you to share in this book?
The main one was that we will get through this. There will be a time when it is in the past and we will have survived it. We are a resilient species, we always seem to find a way. We also have been through periods of plague countless times over our history, we’ve just forgotten. I hope that at the end of all of this we can discover that there is far more that unites us than there is that divides us.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am working on a book about my father’s side of the family. I am writing it in much the same way that I did the posts that became HOLD, PLEASE. I publish them on Facebook and on Substack (https://richardhester.substack.com). I find that having a series of mini-deadlines keeps me working. At the moment, I am in Europe following in the footsteps my father took during World War II. It’s been a fascinating experience getting to know him through his letters home and through the writing he did about it after the fact. I don’t have any real sense of how long it’s going to take to finish!!
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