A NOTE ABOUT CORONAVIRUS

APRIL 17, 2020

Dearest NYTW Community,

We hope that this finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy. We write today with the disappointing news that out of continued concern for the health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff, we will not return to public events in the 2019/20 season. This was a difficult decision and our business, like so many others, has been significantly impacted by the ongoing public health crisis.

Martyna Majok‘s unforgettable Sanctuary City which was beautifully realized by director Rebecca Frecknall and a virtuosic company of artists will not resume performances. Sam Gold‘s highly-anticipated production of Anton Chekhov‘s Three Sisters in a new adaptation by Clare Barron will not begin performances as planned on May 13th. We remain committed to these artists and projects and hope to produce them in an upcoming season.

The remaining spring Next Door productions will not go on as originally scheduled and we will not travel out of town with artists for our summer residencies at Adelphi University and Dartmouth College. Summer 2020 would have marked our 29th consecutive summer in residence at Dartmouth College.

We are heartbroken to have to end our season prematurely. These productions and residencies along with countless readings and workshops represent important collaborations with  theater-makers we deeply value. We look forward to being back in a room with them—and with you—when it is safe for us to do so.

Despite the closure of our buildings on East 4th Street, we are hard at work on the 2020/21 season and we look forward to sharing that lineup with you as soon as the details are finalized. This week, we found solace in re-reading the words that Clare Barron penned in her adaptation of Three Sisters:

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I wish I could tell you why
Things happen the way they do
I like to think
That one day it will get better
One day there will be peace and happiness on this earth
And everything we suffered
All our losses
All our trials and tribulations
Will be for something
And those people in the future
Will look back on us
And say thank you

We’ve been overwhelmed by the generosity of our community in this time of great uncertainty. From messages of solidarity and well-wishes to ticket donations and contributions to help us weather this storm, your support will help see us through this crisis. If you have not yet and you’re able to make a gift to help sustain our artists and staff, we would be honored if you would consider doing that.

Please stay safe. We look forward to seeing you at the theatre again soon.

MARCH 27, 2020

Dearest NYTW Community,

First and foremost, we hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy.

It was in the interest of the health of our community that we made the painful decision to suspend all of our programming for the time being. We closed Celine Song’s Endlings days after it opened and suspended performances of Martyna Majok’s Sanctuary City just one week into previews. We had to postpone Next Door performances, postpone readings and workshops, and interrupt our work in NYC’s public schools.

In recent days, it has also become clear that we will need to postpone our upcoming production of Three Sisters; single tickets will not go on sale April 1st, and members and Repeat Defenders who have already booked their seats will be contacted as soon as we have more information about the revised schedule.

Though our capacity to gather together for shared, live experience is temporarily diminished, our common purpose remains. This challenging and chaotic disruption reaffirms our collective faith in its necessity. We are like Emily in the last act of Our Town: only by having it taken from her is she able to grasp the beauty, the miracle of life—even in its chaos, struggle and trauma. So, we too, have a new understanding of the importance of convening for communal ritual, presided over by virtuosic artists, spinning tales to challenge and deepen our humanity.

We are committed to supporting our community through this difficult moment. We are continuing to pay the artists, technicians, and staff who make that community possible. This week, we will roll out plans for our audiences to continue to connect in virtual spaces with our artists and with each other. All the while, we continue to make plans and preparations for the moment when we will be able to gather together again.

We have been so moved by your thoughtfulness and generosity. From artists offering solidarity, to members donating their tickets, to friends making unsolicited gifts meant to see us through this crisis. Every message and every gesture is meaningful. If you are able to make a gift to help us sustain our artists and staff, we would be honored if you would consider doing that.

Stay safe and we will all look forward to being together again soon.

March 12, 2020

Out of concern for the continued health and safety of our audiences, artists and staff, we will be suspending all public programming through April 12, 2020. Pending future advisements about the safety and best interest of public gatherings, we hope to be able to resume activities in mid-April and we will keep you informed as we have further updates.

We do not take this shift in our programming lightly and we appreciate the significant impact of these decisions for our community—including the extraordinary artists who have created these breathtaking productions, our tireless staff who continue to support them, and our vibrant community of arts lovers and advocates who have made plans and travel commitments around these performances. We are continuing to pay our staff and artists, so your support is even more vital than ever.

All future ticketholders for Endlings, Sanctuary City and Next Door at NYTW productions will be contacted directly to make appropriate arrangements.

March 3, 2020

PREPARING FOR YOUR VISIT
We prioritize the health and safety of our community and, like many of you, we have been closely monitoring the events surrounding the coronavirus. At the moment, health officials advise that the local risk in NYC is low, but for the safety of other patrons and our artists and staff, if you are not feeling well—especially if you have a fever—we ask that you postpone your trip to the theatre. Please contact the NYTW Box Office at 212-460-5475 or email tickets@nytw.org and we will reschedule your tickets for another performance, pending availability. Until further notice, all rebooking fees for Endlings and Sanctuary City will be waived.

PREVENTATIVE MEASURES
In addition to the regular cleaning and disinfecting of our buildings and theatres, we have stepped up those efforts with additional custodial support. We will provide hand sanitizer and sanitizing wipes in the theatres for our patrons, artists and staff. We also recommend that you wash your hands regularly with warm water for at least 20 seconds. Patrons who demonstrate severe coughing or other flu-like symptoms may be asked to re-book for a future performance.

We will continue to create and maintain clean and healthy spaces for our staff, artists and patrons. Consistent with NYTW’s core values, we are encouraging everyone to avoid misinformation as well as racist and xenophobic rhetoric. If you experiences such rhetoric, we encourage you to alert a member of our staff.

SOURCES
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

New York State Department of Health

World Health Organization