Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Cancels One-Actor Version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL and Postpones the Mainstage Season of Plays Until Fall 2021

PIP_logoSpecial events, virtual performances and educational programs still planned

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park today announced that the one-actor version of A CHRISTMAS CAROL has been cancelled, and the mainstage subscription season will be postponed until Fall of 2021 with some of the shows expected to return. The Playhouse will instead present a series of special events on selected weekends with socially distanced seating in the Marx Theatre, as well as its Off the Grid Series and continued educational programming.

The Playhouse Presents will bring a series of special events featuring nationally recognized theatre artists to the Marx Theatre on selected weekends with socially distanced seating. The series kicks-off Nov. 20 to 22 with A NIGHT OF JOY WITH DANIEL BEATY. The Playhouse has previously produced two of Beaty’s acclaimed solo plays: THROUGH THE NIGHT (which featured Beaty) and MR. JOY. Additional events will be announced later.

The City of Cincinnati and State of Ohio approved the Playhouse to open at 30 percent audience capacity. However, the plays and musicals produced for the mainstage season require dozens of artists and staff to work in very close quarters indoors for extended periods of time. Even with comprehensive safety protocols in place, full productions are in perpetual risk of being shut down due to a COVID-19 spike or positive case.

“This decision helps ensure our healthy return in the fall of 2021, while still offering some inspirational, alternative programming at the Playhouse,” explained Blake Robison, artistic director. “Weekend special events require less time and risk to present, and this makes them a better option in the current environment. We plan to be very busy bringing our community virtual and socially distanced ways to experience live theatre in the coming months.”

In addition to The Playhouse Presents, other plans to date include:

  • Off the Grid: Off the Grid creates immersive theatrical experiences. It continues this fall with the previously announced schedule of virtual and socially distanced events, including the sold-out Children of the Corn Maze on Oct. 24 and Nancy Brew Zoom Dunnit on Nov. 12. More events will be announced for winter and spring 2021.
  • Virtual Outreach Touring Plays: A professionally filmed production of THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS is currently available. SNOWY DAY will be filmed for release in January 2021 as well as DRAGONS LOVE TACOS in the spring, which may also have live performances if it is safe to do so at that time.
  • Virtual Education Programs: A robust curriculum of virtual workshops for schools is already online, and more content will be added to it throughout the fall. Schools can access the workshops with an Education Membership.
  • Directing the Future: The Capital Campaign is in the home stretch and ground-breaking on Moe and Jack’s Place – The Rouse Theatre is expected sometime in early 2021. Opening is still slated for Fall 2022.

For more information on The Playhouse Presents and other programming, visit cincyplay.com. An announcement of the 2021-22 season will come later and will include some previously announced shows from the 2020-21 season, subject to timing and availability. The hope is to bring back the full production of A CHRISTMAS CAROL in 2021.

The safety and well-being of patrons, artists and staff is of the utmost importance at the special events and other activities planned. As such, the Playhouse has developed a comprehensive safety plan which follows all measures required by the City of Cincinnati, the State of Ohio and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those measures will include intense cleaning, hand-sanitizing stations, social distancing, and other safety protocols. Patrons will also be required to wear masks. All
events are subject to change or cancellation based on revised guidelines from the City or the State.

Tickets for current subscribers and other ticketholders will be automatically rolled over to the 2021-22 season, and subscribers who renewed will continue to save their regular seats. All subscribers and other ticketholders will be contacted directly with details and the process for alternate options. For more information, visit cincyplay.com.

Seasonal support of education and outreach programming is provided by The Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation. The Playhouse is supported by the generosity of almost 40,000 contributors to the ArtsWave Community campaign. The Ohio Arts Council helps fund the Playhouse with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, educational excellence and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The Playhouse also receives funding from the Shubert Foundation.

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