Q: What are your plans with COVID-19?

A: We acknowledge that everything in the world is different, and we’re adapting every single day. We’re working with other theatres and the theatre community across the country to identify creative ways to ensure that ATC, and THEATRE as a whole,  emerges from this health crisis.

At the forefront of all our planning is you, our ATC family, and the desire to reimagine theatre that connects us in healthy ways in the midst of a constantly changing world. We couldn’t make it through this without your support and investment in our future!

Q: With COVID-19, is ATC going to cancel its season?

A: No. As of today, ATC is committed – more than ever – to bring our communities opportunities to share in the creativity of theatre in the safest ways possible. We are delaying the start of our Mainstage season, which was set to open in September, until January 2021.

Q: What are you doing in the 2020-21 season?

A: Although theatres across the country are dark, ATC’s creative light is shining brighter than ever as we pivot to adapt and address this new normal. We are committed to returning on stage in a healthy way.

Digital Season – Now and in the coming months, ATC is presenting a series of digital content, virtual workshops and outdoor musical offerings, including some exclusively for subscribers and donors. From hearing a new musical in an out-of-doors concert hall to holiday music in a garden, ATC is partnering to provide events that audiences can enjoy throughout the Fall.

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Mainstage Season – Our current plans call for a Mainstage six-show season that will kick off in January 2021. Six-show subscribers will receive tickets for all six shows once dates are set. We’re working through details and dates, and look forward to sharing additional information as we have it.

Q: What will you be doing to ensure a healthy and safe environment when Mainstage shows resume?

A: We are and continue to follow CDC guidelines and theatre best practices to ensure the safety of our actors, directors, staff, audiences and volunteers. As Arizona’s only LORT (League of Resident Theatres) company, we are part of 75 theatres in 30 states that are working on how to reopen theatres safely.

Q: What if I can’t attend a play?

We understand that you may not be ready to come back to the theatre due to health reasons or illness. All Mainstage plays will be professionally recorded with three cameras on Opening Night. This means that whether you’re in the theatre or at home, your tickets will let you experience the plays. If you feel unsafe in attending during the run of the show, or if you’re out of town, you will be sent a link to watch the taped production.

Q: Are the shows you’re doing different than what was previously announced?

A: Yes and No. We are working to schedule all the shows we had on the original 2020-21 calendar, but we weren’t able to keep them all. We are including the two plays that had to cancel last spring – The Legend of Georgia McBride and Women in Jeopardy – in this season’s lineup so you can see them.

Q: Why have the shows been reordered?

A: Based on the number of performers in the shows, we have opted to do shows with fewer actors starting in January to minimize the risk to performers and audiences.

Q: What are the 6 Mainstage Shows?

  • My 80 Year Old Boyfriend, directed by Sean Daniels and created by Charissa Bertels, Christian Duhamel and Ed Bell
  • Pru Payne by Steven Drukman, directed by Sean Daniels
  • Nina Simone: Four Women, a face-to-face musical evening, by Christina Ham, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene
  • Women in Jeopardy! by Wendy MacLeod
  • how to make an American Son by christopher oscar peña and directed by Kimberly Senior in a co-production with The Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
  • The Legend of Georgia McBride by Matthew Lopez, directed by Meredith McDonough.

Q: I see that Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley isn’t included. Will you still be doing that show?

A: Yes. We are currently planning to present this show in November/December of 2021. We are still working on the details but intend to create a “mini season” that will include this show and others in the first half of 2022.

Q: When will you have dates for the shows?

A: We are working through many moving parts and details to identify the dates for the shows, and we will communicate with all current ticket holders first regarding dates once they are determined.

Q: Where will my seats be? When will I know what my seats are for my show?

A: We will continue to adjust plans for shows and seating to adhere to CDC guidelines, and will let ticket holders know, based on their subscription level, as soon as we have definite plans.  

Q: I’m a longtime subscriber and I feel like things are all up in the air. What can I expect this season?

First, thank you for your longtime support of ATC! We so appreciate your commitment to ensuring that we’re able to bring you theatre again when it is safe to do so.

As a subscriber, you will be the first to know details, and the first to be seated when plays are on stage again. We pledge to consistently communicate with ticket holders as we progress toward our Main Stage productions.

Q: What if COVID-19 is still an issue in 2021?

A: Like the entire world, the COVID-19 virus has rocked our world. We are closely following CDC guidelines and will continue to make decisions that are best for the health and safety of the actors, directors, staff, audiences and volunteers. We vow to continue to communicate with ticket holders throughout this process.

Q: What if I have tickets for the season and the shows don’t happen?

A: If shows are unable to be performed due to health concerns and governmental restrictions, we will issue gift certificates for all tickets that have been purchased, valid for the next season.

Q: What is the ATC Digital Season?

A: Starting with The 24-Hour Plays, ATC on July 14 launched the first in an expanded series of digital plays, readings, monologues and podcasts including virtual co-productions with six theatre companies and top creative minds.

Among the collaborators of ATC’s digital season are America’s most-produced living playwright Lauren Gunderson, Latinx Playwriting Award winner Benjamin Benne, Tucson playwright Monica Bauer and the Mariachi stylings of Brian Quijada. With a focus on Arizona, ATC is starting a project to tell the true story of Arizona’s great statesman, Senator John McCain.

Additionally, ATC’s Hang & Focus Live, a weekly Facebook Live show and podcast that engages the community in topics of current relevance, will continue. You can tune in every Friday at 4 p.m., or see past shows on our website.

We are working to provide you more information about the Digital Season on our website and through enewsletters and other communications.

Q: What are your plans for the Digital Season?

Here are some things in the works as part of the Digital Season:

The Heath by Lauren Gunderson and directed by Daniels; Alma by Benjamin Benne (Latinx Playwrighting Award) and directed by Catherine María Rodríguez; Walk Into The Sea by ATC Playwright-in-Residence Elaine Romero and directed by Melissa Crespo; Somewhere Over The Border by Brian Quijada, coproduced with Teatro Vista; The 24 Hour Plays: Arizona Special Edition, Mark Armstrong, Artistic Director; Covenant by York Walker and directed by Tamilla Woodard; Vivian’s Music: 1969 by Monica Bauer; Road To The Pacific: The Story of Lewis and Clark, a series of five 20-minute radio play podcast episodes coproduced with Dad’s Garage Theatre Company; Maverick: The John McCain Project; The christopher oscar peña project, coproduced with the Orchard Project; Coronalogues, created and curated by ATC Associate Artistic Director Chanel Bragg; Forensics by Reggie White and Gunderson; The Realness by Idris Goodwin and directed by Wendy Goldberg; Slow Food by Wendy MacLeod; The Making of a Great Moment by Peter Nachtrieb, in association with Z Space in San Francisco; and the previously announced co-development of Tampa with Florida Studio Theatre.

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