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Switch careers? Pack your bags? Broadway actors fear the lights won’t come back on

Last fall, Arturo Luís Soria made his Broadway debut in “The Inheritance,” a much heralded two-part play about the legacy of the AIDS epidemic and New York’s gay community. Soria, who landed his part in June 2019, called the experience a “dream come true.”

In any other year, the role might have opened doors for more high-profile opportunities on Broadway, where attendance last season reached 14.77 million.

But instead, Soria, 33, has spent much of the last month far from New York City. He is taking an open-ended road trip through the U.S., camping out in national parks and teaching acting classes over Zoom.

With his industry at a virtual standstill and performance venues indefinitely shuttered, Soria, who has taken to wryly calling himself a “vagabundo” (vagabond) actor, said he has no idea when he will return to New York City.

“I’ve watched the industry slowly disappear,” he said in

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