Thank you for wholeheartedly welcoming me into the TheatreWorks family over this past year. I had so looked forward to meeting each of you at one of our performances, but even without that direct in-person greeting, I can feel that your love and passion for live theatre is just as strong as mine. The coronavirus has changed all of our plans in so many ways. While we can't be together in person right now, TheatreWorks will continue to adapt, create, and inspire. Most importantly, we will continue to celebrate the human spirit with you, our community; virtually for now, and then back in our theatres as soon as it's safe to do so.
With your well-being forefront in our minds, our current plan is to postpone the start of Season 51 until March of 2021, when we hope it will be safe to join together in person. If the need arises, we will postpone the start of Season 51 again until later in 2021. We are committed to presenting this wonderful series of plays and musicals for you, and to keeping you safe and healthy when we do!
Also, we have made a few changes to our lineup since we first announced Season 51 way back in February of 2020: Ragtime is replacing Man of La Mancha, It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play is replacing Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?, and August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean will be taking the place of The Lifespan of a Fact. Having Our Say: The Delany Sisters' First 100 Years, Nan and the Lower Body, Sense and Sensibility, Queen, and Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin remain on the schedule. You can read more about these shows here: theatreworks.org/season51
On a personal note, August Wilson was a dear friend of mine, and his inspiring and beautiful Gem of the Ocean truly speaks to the current moment and the pressing concerns around equality and freedom. We find ourselves in a time when we're searching for answers, and I believe August's spiritual journey will provide us a more hopeful path. I can't wait to direct this play and share it with you all.
WHAT WE'RE DOING IN THE MEANTIME
Since our "intermission" began in March of 2020, we've been able to bring a myriad of digital experiences to our audiences, including a video recording of They Promised Her the Moon, the filmed version of our world premiere Pride and Prejudice musical (hosted by StreamingMusicals.com and available to be streamed on Amazon Prime), readings of two new works (Shakespeare in Vegas and Pandora), the educational series Opening the Curtain, and our ongoing digital initiative Voices of Democracy. We've also partnered with Hershey Felder, selling tickets to his livestreamed productions of George Gershwin Alone (which we were able to give to our renewed Season 51 subscribers for free), Irving Berlin, Beethoven, and Tchaikovsky. Most recently, we premiered an all-new holiday show called Simple Gifts, which was filmed entirely in our rehearsal space with strict COVID safety precautions. It was quite a feat, and a true labor of love on the part of everyone involved.
We plan on bringing you even more exciting digital content in the coming months, so stay tuned!
If you've already renewed with us, there's nothing you need to do at this time. For our full 8 Play subscribers, your seats will remain the same, as always. All of our subscribers—both 8 Play and Flex—will receive their tickets with plenty of time before their first scheduled performance. Thank you for your continued support, patience, and trust in us.
If you haven't renewed and would still like to join us, it's not too late! By becoming a subscriber, not only do you get great perks, but you stand up in support of your community and the arts. To subscribe today, visit theatreworks.org/subscriptions
Thank you. Your support means the world.
You are our community. You—our subscribers, donors, artists, and supporters—continue to step up and demonstrate your love for and belief in the vitality of theatre. In its extraordinary 50-year history, TheatreWorks has seen adversity and emerged stronger and more resilient. I am confident that with your support and continued love for TheatreWorks we will work together to ensure another fifty years of theatre celebrating the human spirit.
Take care of yourselves, and each other,