Much to our regret, the Clarence Brown and the Department of Theatre will suspend production in our theaters for the remainder of 2020. The ongoing incompatibility of theatrical production with University policy and best public health practices in response to COVID-19 force us to this decision.
The pandemic demands that we take into account the health and safety of our audience and artists. It also provides us the opportunity to pause and focus upon education and reflect upon our policies and practices that affect our students, faculty, staff, and guest artists. Particularly our students and artists of color. The state of our nation and in our field require us, more than ever, to work toward a more anti-racist pedagogy and artistic environment. It is an opportunity we welcome.
It is our hope that scientific advancements will allow us to produce again in the spring of 2021.
But it is important to remember that there must be sufficient lead-time in order to prepare a successful production. We hope that a readily available vaccine and/or therapies will allow us to open our doors. In the meantime, our work will be focused on education and in the safe presentation of our work such as video and Zoom readings. We hope you will watch for these as they become available.
All of us have been affected by the pandemic. All of us are anxious to return to normal routines.
But we must be patient and vigilant. The pandemic will end, and when it does we will be ready at the Clarence Brown.
Thank you for your support and understanding.
Calvin MacLean, Tom Cervone,
Producing Artistic Director Managing Director