August 12, 2020
Thank you for wholeheartedly welcoming me into the TheatreWorks family over the last few weeks. I had so looked forward to meeting each of you at one of our performances this summer, 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.
And now, I'm very pleased to share with you the new schedule and exciting offerings we'll be presenting in celebration of our collective passion for the power of theatre.
With your well-being forefront in our minds, our current plan is to postpone the start of our previously-announced mainstage programming until 2021, when we hope it will be safe to join together in person.
We will begin with Hershey Felder as Monsieur Chopin in March of 2021, followed by seven more superb shows taking us through April of 2022. We'll also be producing not one, but two New Works Festivals!
We are making one change to the titles in the upcoming mainstage series: August Wilson's Gem of the Ocean will be taking the place of The Lifespan of a Fact. August was a dear friend of mine and his inspiring and beautiful play speaks to this current moment. With the company's very first production in 1970—the musical Popcorn—Robert Kelley and his band of theatre artists rallied a divided community together through the power of live storytelling. The issues of those times were not unlike the pressing concerns of today around equality and freedom. Once again 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.
If the need arises, we will adjust our schedules accordingly. We are also looking into presenting parts of our season with a streamed video option in addition to the traditional in-person performances. As those possibilities are explored, we will share any news with you as soon as we can.
We are committed to presenting this wonderful series of plays and musicals for you and to keeping you safe and healthy when we do!
I have exciting news to share...
You’re the first to know that Hershey Felder as George Gershwin Alone will be streamed right into your homes this September!
And if you’re a current subscriber, you’re getting access to it FOR FREE! We have never presented this show before and are thrilled to share it with you for the very first time.
In addition, we will offer you other virtual mainstage productions monthly (I hope you enjoyed Pride and Prejudice, They Promised Her the Moon, Hershey Felder as Irving Berlin, and Beethoven), plus new works readings like Shakespeare in Vegas. Our TheatreWorks From Home programming will also continue full steam with more live events, interviews with your favorite artists, and educational programming.
I am also proud to announce a brand-new initiative this fall focused on racial justice and getting out the vote! We will kick this off on August 26 with the Centennial Project, a collaboration with the Woman's Club of Palo Alto in commemoration of the 100-year anniversary of women's suffrage and the 19th Amendment. As always, TheatreWorks will use this celebration of the human spirit to bring our community together.
Stay tuned for more details and announcements. I am honored and thrilled to go on this journey with you!
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. We are committed to bringing you eight wonderful shows as soon as we can.
(If you have a Flex subscription that includes The Lifespan of a Fact, we will contact you when we get closer to March to see if you want to make changes.)
Special subscriber-only free access:
You'll be able to stream the show live, and you'll also have exclusive access to watch it as many times as you like for a full month after the broadcast. We'll reach out to all our subscribers with that information soon.
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. We'll be reopening subscription sales soon, so keep an eye on your inbox for that announcement.
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,