We’ve been working, planning and re-planning, and waiting and watching for months. We are finally ready to let you know what to expect from FlagShakes for the rest of 2020.
In brief, we have moved Hamlet and Comedy of Errors to summer 2021 and replaced them with shows that have smaller casts and are easier to produce digitally if need be (but more on that below). We have cut She Stoops to Conquer and A Christmas Carol from this season.
The most important changes:
- Every performance in 2020 will be available digitally, and patrons can determine how they’d like to attend (whether in person or online).
- FlagShakes will give away 25 free tickets for each production to local workers impacted financially by COVID closures. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how to get your tickets if this applies to you.
We have become really good at contingency planning. It’s important to us that we continue to fulfill our mission. However, we aren’t willing to risk anyone’s health or safety to do that. So, while we are committed to making meaningful local theatre happen, it might not look like it has in the past.
Here’s a brief overview of our multi-layered plan:
IF Arizona lifts restrictions on social gatherings completely or on groups of 50 or less, THEN we will continue with the current season schedule as outlined below.
IF Arizona places restrictions on gatherings over 10, THEN we will continue rehearsals (in groups no larger than 10), and the affected production(s) will be filmed for digital release.
IF Arizona reinstates its stay-at-home orders and the cast cannot rehearse together, THEN our directors and actors will work to creatively stage the affected play(s) virtually for digital release.
IF an artist, crew member, FlagShakes or CCA staff person, or any other individual who has been in contact with any of the aforementioned, becomes ill with COVID-19, THEN we will completely shut down all in-person rehearsal and performances for 14 days. After 14 days, we will reassess and announce new production plans.
2020 Revised Season Schedule
Spoon River Anthology: filmed at Riordan Mansion for digital release July 2020
As You Like It: Virtual Production filmed for digital release in September 2020
A Lie of the Mind: filmed for digital release in 2021 (date TBA)
Twelfth Night: filmed for digital release February 12, 2021
We will also be implementing a lot of changes to our onsite operations.
Individual health and safety
- We will have hand sanitizer available and will ask all patrons to sanitize their hands as they enter.
- Audience members will be asked to wear masks as long as that is the CDC recommendation. Hand-made masks will be available for purchase.
- Every production will be videotaped, and patrons can determine how they’d like to attend, whether in person or online, at any time, for any reason.
- Information on how to socially distance, cover coughs, wash hands, etc. will be posted at entrances and in bathrooms.
- Cleaning procedures will meet or exceed CDC recommendations.
- Audience size will be limited to 50 or fewer (including actors, ushers, crew, etc.).
- Non-cohabiting groups will be seated at least 6 feet apart.
- Three separate entrances and exits will be open for patrons, with staggered check-in available.
- House will open one hour before the show. Entrance and bathroom lines will have 6-foot markers taped out on the floor.
- Intermission will be lengthened to 25 minutes per show or shows will be shortened to not include an intermission.
- All ticket purchasing must be done in advance online.
We know some of you already purchased tickets for a very different lineup and a very different time of year. Options for our season and single ticket holders are outlined here:
- Use your tickets for in-person or digital attendance for 2020. If you have a season ticket, you will be able to use your six tickets any way you like, including using multiple tickets for the same show or gifting tickets to friends.
- Rollover your tickets to 2021.
- Donate your 2020 single/season tickets to the company. This money will help us pay our employees and artistic staff.
- Donate your 2020 single/season tickets to a local worker who lost their job or had significantly reduced hours during COVID.
- Receive a full refund. We know some of you will need (or prefer) the money returned and we understand that as well.
The health of our artists is of utmost importance to us, and we have carefully planned for their safety as well. This may mean further changes to what is outlined here, and if it does, we will be back in touch.
Until we see you again, we hope you are enjoying one of our many new virtual programs. You can learn to write poetry with me and the other Lamplight Poets, explore the world of production and design in Backstage with Becki, or direct actors of all levels interested in theatre to Hannah’s Acting Up! series. All of these video series programs are available here on FlagShakes.org under “Education,” on our YouTube channel, or on our Facebook page. Additionally, Shakespeare Allowed! has gone virtual and meets Sunday afternoons to read and discuss plays on ZOOM. Go to our Facebook for info on how to join!
We also have a play-watching group over on Facebook called Let’s Watch a Play, and other fun content on both Facebook and Instagram. If you stop by, please let us know. We miss you and would love to hear how you’re doing!