I’m writing with the sad news that we are cancelling The Book of Will, the final show of the 2019/20 season. We were so excited to bring you this inspiring play, and we thank you for sharing our commitment to it. But under the current circumstances, our concern for the safety of our audience and performers has made it impossible to bring the show to you.
This is a difficult moment for all of us. For what was to be my final show as Artistic Director, we had assembled an all-star cast of longtime TheatreWorks actors and an exceptional design team to join in The Book of Will’s tribute of the art of theatre. I hope we will be able to bring them all back to rekindle the production in the future—it will be a strong candidate for inclusion in the 2021/22 season. As we dream of a renewed future for the show on our stage, I’m including several of designer Fumiko Bielefeldt’s preliminary sketches for the show’s beautiful costumes.
If you are a ticket holder, our Box Office staff will be reaching out to you directly over the next few weeks with options for your tickets, including my favorite: making them a donation to TheatreWorks. This is a challenging time for the company as we navigate this delay in our fundamental mission: joining together to celebrate the human spirit. As we wait to renew that celebration, your support will keep us strong.
Take care of yourselves, and each other.
Founding Artistic Director
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley
In the interest of public safety, and based upon the recent guidance from the State of California and the cities of Palo Alto and Mountain View, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will cancel our productions of They Promised Her the Moon and Ragtime.
Ragtime rehearsals have already begun and sets and costumes are already in production. We are passionate about the show and want to share it with you. As a result, it is our intention to bring you Ragtime in April 2021 in place of the previously announced Man of La Mancha.
The time-honored mantra of "The show must go on!" has served theatre companies well for centuries, becoming a saying known throughout our culture, transcending the confines of our stages to mean so much more. For all of us at TheatreWorks, it means that whatever the odds, however many obstacles we must surpass, we will carry on together, pull each other up, and put on the best show that we can.
However, in our current circumstances with the COVID-19 pandemic, this old adage needs to be adapted. Today, the community must go on and we must do our best to keep everyone safe.
As a non-profit arts institution, the impact of these lost performances is large. This cancellation affects all of the actors, musicians, designers, and staff who bring our shows to life on stage. You can make a difference during this difficult time.
If you have tickets to They Promised Her the Moon or Ragtime, we ask that you donate the value back to TheatreWorks for a tax-deductible receipt in support of our artists, musicians, and staff. We are also happy to work with you to exchange your tickets to a future performance through the end of our 2020/21 season. If you would like to discuss other options, we will work with you and your specific needs.
Please simply contact our Box Office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 650.463.1960 for assistance. We anticipate that call volume will be high for the next couple of weeks, so we thank you in advance for your patience as our small-but-mighty staff endeavors to assist all our patrons.
For tickets purchased through any third-party ticketing outlets such as Goldstar and TodayTix, patrons should reach out to the place of purchase for further information.
Beyond donating your tickets back, if you would like to make a contribution to help us through this period, please visit the link below:
The health and safety of our patrons, staff, and artists is of utmost importance and we thank you for your understanding and cooperation during this time. We also want to remind you that we all have to take care of each other. Check in on your neighbors and loved ones via phone or email, share surplus resources with others in need, and remember to pull each other up, because at the end of the day, it's our community that will see us through and make sure the show goes on.
All of us at TheatreWorks