© 2023 Western New York Public Broadcasting Association

140 Lower Terrace
Buffalo, NY 14202

Mailing Address:
Horizons Plaza P.O. Box 1263
Buffalo, NY 14240-1263

Buffalo Toronto Public Media | Phone 716-845-7000
WBFO Newsroom | Phone: 716-845-7040
Your NPR Station
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

Torn Space adjusts to new realities with a "personal-performance piece"


Torn Space Theater is adjusting to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We can't have the same large-scale performances that we're used to," said Artistic Director Dan Shanahan. Starting this Friday and running through  May 31, Torn Space presents an online "personal-performance piece" called "Passage." Assembled by sound designer Justin Rowland, the production is intended for solitary listening.

"We ask that the audience select a location that they feel to be the most beautiful. It could be a park. It could be a solitary walk. It could be in their own backyard or their own house," Shanahan suggested.

"They then sign up for a time slot they want."

Audience slots are secured online at TornSpaceTheater.com.There is no charge, though a donation of $10 is suggested.

The audience member will be sent a link  which allows them to listen to the 30-minute sound piece.

"It's overlayed with performance readings by one of our most-established actresses, Diane Gaidry, who unfortunately passed away last year," Shanahan said.

"We're seeing now just how important daily rituals are, how important culture is to give meaning and enjoyment to our lives," Shanahan said.

"It is important to still find ways we can integrate culture into our everyday lives."

Torn Space is working to find news ways to adjust their site-specific performances to the emerging societal guidelines brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"We hope to begin this in August with a performance called 'Silence.'" It will be experienced outside at Silo City , Shanahan said, with an estimated audience of less than 50 people.

"Audiences will be spaced out at least six-feet apart. We'll be designing special mask coverings for the audience that will be integrated costuming."

Monday - Friday, 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Jay joined Buffalo Toronto Public Media in 2008 and has been local host for NPR's "Morning Edition" ever since. In June, 2022, he was named one of the co-hosts of WBFO's "Buffalo, What's Next."

A graduate of St. Mary's of the Lake School, St. Francis High School and Buffalo State College, Jay has worked most of his professional career in Buffalo. Outside of public media, he continues in longstanding roles as the public address announcer for the Buffalo Sabres of the National Hockey League and as play-by-play voice of Canisius College basketball.