Thursday, March 26, 2020
A message from our Artistic Director:
For the past few weeks, we have been keeping an eye on the evolution of the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. In light of the current situation, we have had to make some very difficult decisions. The health and safety of our patrons, artists, staff and community are of utmost importance, and the need for social distancing could not be more crucial. In response, we have made the decision to cancel or postpone all remaining events in our 49th season.
This week would have been the beginning of rehearsals for our production of August Wilson’s Fences with Centaur Theatre, however, Eda Holmes (Centaur’s Artistic Director) and I have made the decision to postpone the show indefinitely. We remain hopeful that we will be able to present this beautiful play at some point in the future, as both Centaur Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop are passionate about bringing this incredible story to Montreal audiences for the first time. We can’t say for sure right now, but if we can make it happen, we certainly will.
This week would also have been the presentation of Obaaberima, which we have also had to cancel. We have enjoyed working closely with the team at Espace Libre, our co-presenters on this interlingual collaboration. Additionally, collaborations between Buddies in Bad Times Theatre as Canada’s oldest queer theatre company and BTW as Canada’s oldest Black theatre company are particularly special to us. We look forward to rekindling our relationships with these two great theatre companies in the not-too-distant future.
Our Artist Mentorship Program Industry Showcase, originally scheduled for May 1 – 3, 2020 at the Segal Centre, has been cancelled. Instead, we will be spotlighting the talented artists in the program in a new digital showcase, which will be made available later this year. Our team is working diligently (from home) on finalizing the details of this new format, and we look forward to sharing with you the work of our talented ensemble, who have been hard at work on developing their respective crafts since the beginning of October. Also, the deadline to apply to next season’s Mentorship Ensemble has been extended until June 1, 2020.
If you have purchased tickets to either Fences or Obaaberima, Centaur Theatre or Espace Libre, respectively, will be in touch with you regarding refunds and credits of your ticket. This, of course, will take some time, so we thank you in advance for your patience. If possible, we would like to ask you to consider donating the amount of your ticket(s), for which you will be provided with a tax receipt. Your donation will go a long way in offering some much-needed support.
This has been an incredibly difficult time for all of us, as we struggle to take care of ourselves, our loved ones and our communities. Hopefully when we arrive on the other side of this, it will be with a greater appreciation for each other, our planet and for all things that unite us.