What will this New Year bring? As you know, the coronavirus crisis continues, caution and optimism seesaw as news of surges and vaccinations succeed each other. As a community organization, we want to be mindful of making the best possible decisions in relation to the safety and security of our audiences, performers, and production people. We are following the lead of our city, state, and federal elected officials as we implement strategies recommended by public health authorities and the Center for Disease Control (CDC) for our organization.
This has been a hard time for theater, especially professional theaters. Chicago’s theaters, large and small, have had to cancel performances, and, sadly, some have been forced to close their doors for good. As a community theater, we are blessed with little overhead, so we’re still here and our future survival seems unproblematic. As always, we are grateful for any financial support you may wish to offer.
We have, of course, decided it’s best to suspend in-person theater until the situation clarifies.
The Players are becoming resourceful in providing ways to participate on either side of the metaphorical footlights through the opportunities that technology offers us. Our First Friday Staged Reading Series is once again active through the medium of Zoom; and our fall success, the 2020 Evening of Horror & Suspense in the New-fangled Physically-distanced Tradition, streamed live on our Youtube channel for Halloween, was our most ambitious offering to date.
We remain vigilant and hopeful, and we are prepared to make decisions based on current recommendations, as well as in response to changing conditions. As we have news, we will notify audiences via our website, twitter, and Facebook page, GoodNeighbors listserv and our personal email list.
Happy New Year! Here’s to a return to live theater in 2021! We are so grateful for your support of our endeavors, and wish you all good health through this challenging time.