It Was Their Big Debut. Then a Pandemic Hit.

“It’s really a strange time to ask people to be interested in your creative work,” she said. “I went from having the greatest accomplishment of my life to everything I have planned is gone. I’m fortunate I have a book that should be evergreen, but so many need those boosts before being buried by the next wave of books. It’s terrifying. Who knows what April will be like?”

Across the city, and across mediums, Lorenzo Diggins Jr., a self-taught illustrator and zine publisher, finds himself at a similar crossroads. “Everything seems to be transitioning,” said Mr. Diggins Jr., who was preparing for his debut exhibition at the Los Angeles edition of The Other Art Fair before it, too, was canceled.

Mr. Diggins, 31, was banking on the power of the pre-eminent online gallery Saatchi Art, which produces the event. The pandemic has wiped all that away.

“It’s scary,” said Mr. Diggins, who has also potentially lost out on launching a publication at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, postponed until October. “April was supposed to be a huge month. It seems like it was in vain. What do I do? If we go into quarantine, I’ll use this time to create. I’ll have no choice.” — ADAM POPESCU

Noah Diaz was in the middle of rewrites for his play “Richard & Jane & Dick & Sally” when the theater company The Playwrights Realm canceled the show’s New York run. Set to open April 3, it would have been Mr. Diaz’s Off Broadway debut.

From New Haven, where he is an M.F.A. candidate at the Yale School of Drama, Mr. Diaz, 26, said he had anticipated the news. The day before, he had watched in surprise as Yale Repertory Theater scrapped the final two shows in its season because of the pandemic — an action that came Wednesday, before the cascade of shutdowns that followed the closure of Broadway on Thursday.

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