COVID-19 Response

The Playhouse takes the health and safety of our community very seriously and, and we’re committed to protecting our audiences, staff, artists, partners, and neighbors. Thus, in March of 2020, we made the extraordinary step to put the Playhouse on pause and to postpone our 2020 season to 2021.

Safety Protocols
The Jason Robards Theatre and the Lucille Lortell White Barn are closed to the public. However, the outdoor areas of the lovely Howard J. Aibel Theater Center can still be enjoyed if we all follow safety protocols — wear a mask and stay at least six feet apart from those who are not in your family or bubble. Spend a few minutes in our front garden, play hopscotch in the parking lot, or have a quick bite on the patio.

We will be following the science and the State of Connecticut Department of Health Guidelines in deciding when and how we open to the public.

Cancellations, Performance Location Changes, Date Changes
All 2020 Season Ticket Holders were contacted when the season was postponed and given the option to donate the value of their tickets, receive a credit for all or a portion of the value of their tickets, or receive a refund. Season Ticket Holders were guaranteed their seat locations for 2021.

In 2021 we will be constantly assessing and reassessing how we present theater.  Before each of the five theatrical productions scheduled, before we begin rehearsals, we will look to the current guidelines and make a decision. It may mean that the productions earlier in the season will be moved outdoors or available to watch online (or both).

As a result, we will be reaching out to all our ticket holders regularly, letting them know how they will be able to experience the performance. Make sure to sign up for our email list to stay on top of the latest response.

How to Donate
We truly appreciate the outpouring of support we’ve received for our Survival Fund. You have been instrumental in making sure that the Playhouse has survived thus far.

But we will continue to need your help to open the theater. We’ve kept our promise to bring back our furloughed staff, and we’ll need to cover the additional costs to produce theater outside or online, and to implement safety protocols throughout all locations at the Howard J. Aibel Theater Center.

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