California Shakespeare Theater Cancels 2020 Season Due To Coronavirus Pandemic

March 27, 2020 14:20 pm · 6 comments

California Shakespeare Theater has announced the cancellation of its 2020 season due to safety concerns and financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The theater was set to open up its 46th season on May 30 with William Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” and begin rehearsals in April.

“This may seem like an extraordinary decision, but taking into account the incredible uncertainty of this moment, the cost of producing a season at the Bruns of which ticket sales only account for a third, the
current and long-term disruption in fundraising, and our desire to participate fully in current and future civic actions intended to flatten the curve, we feel this is our best course of action,” Artistic Director Eric Ting said in a letter to subscribers.

Ting, Managing Director Sarah Williams and the Board of Directors of California Shakespeare Theater made the decision to cancel the 2020 performance season, according to statement released by the theater.

The theater is planning on returning for a 2021 season.

Due to the cancellation of the 2020 season, California Shakespeare Theater will lose more than $1.2 million in earned revenue and is being forced to furlough 65 percent of its year-round employees, according to the
release.

The remaining staff will be working at reduced hours and pay.

Shoulda Coulda March 27, 2020 at 3:31 PM

That’s too bad. I haven’t seen The Comedy
of Errors. (Isn’t that Shakespeare’s story about
Concord’s handling of the development at the
former Naval Weapons Station property).

S March 27, 2020 at 5:22 PM

Baddabing

Silva March 27, 2020 at 5:24 PM

Oh good! I saw the original already.

addlepate March 27, 2020 at 4:07 PM

This is much ado about nothing.

CalOldBlue March 27, 2020 at 6:10 PM

Oregon Shakespeare Festival announced today they are closing down until after Labor Day, and will re-open (if possible) but with a reduced schedule of plays (they’re cutting half of the planned plays) for only two months. We have tickets for shows in July… guess that ain’t happenin’.

They had a bad season last year (due to smoke from the fires)… this is going to pile disaster on disaster for them.

Martinezmike March 27, 2020 at 9:10 PM

To be, or not to be?🤔………. Not 😭

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