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We are writing today to share the very difficult news that we must delay the opening of our 2020 Season (originally scheduled for May 22nd) and cancel our first two productions, Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and the Fats Waller musical Ain’t Misbehavin’.
The earliest possible date for the Idaho Shakespeare Festival amphitheater to open will be the window of June 13-26, during Stage Four of “Idaho Rebounds: Our Path to Prosperity,” the plan from Governor Brad Little, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the Governor’s Economic Rebound Advisory Committee. As hard as it is, sometimes the show cannot go on, particularly when the health and safety of our community, artists and patrons is at stake.
We often look to Shakespeare for inspiration in difficult times, and marvel at the timeless wisdom of his plays. Never did we dream that, 400 years later, we would face similar circumstances to those of the early 1600s. Looking back, we see our situation reflected: the periodic closure of theaters for health reasons during Shakespeare’s lifetime was often a catastrophic time for audiences and theater artists; there was no money coming in to allow theater companies to operate; and it was uncertain when it would be safe to resume normal activity. A measure of comfort is gained knowing this has happened before, knowing theaters did re-open, when it was safe to do so, and audiences and artists did return.
In full support of “Idaho Rebounds,” we will work to monitor the situation and meet the necessary requirements for opening the Festival. We will do our best to communicate with you and accommodate your individual needs as we work through this crisis together. We will listen to you and respond to your wisdom and encouragement—after all, Idaho Shakespeare Festival is your theater company.
Below this message is our plan for taking care of your ticket needs. We are asking you to think about more than just Much Ado About Nothing and Ain’t Misbehavin’. Consider making a plan for all of your tickets this season, in the event we are unable to perform in July, August or September. You will find options on the form linked below, including “I’m just not sure yet,” or “Please give me a call, we need to talk.”
As we continue considering the possibilities of this summer we wanted to let you know something paramount. If you hold tickets for this season and are unable to take any risk, or are simply apprehensive, we completely understand. We stand by you, as you stand by us, and are glad to convert any tickets (not just cancelled tickets) to donation or refund for ANY reason. To request to donate, or refund current reservations, please fill out the form delow.
As theaters around the world remain closed, we count on you, the Festival’s loyal supporters, to stand by us as we deal with whatever eventualities present themselves. Trust, please, that we will do everything in our power to keep artists, staff, and volunteers safe, and to give you an unforgettable season when the time is right. We’ll be together again, under Idaho’s starry skies and moonlit nights.
From all of us in the Festival family, thank you for your patience and understanding, as we do our utmost to bring you safely back to the theater!
Charlie & Mark
As we recently announced, in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines and orders related to the COVID-19 outbreak, Idaho Shakespeare Festival has currently cancelled all performances of Much Ado About Nothing and Ain’t Misbehavin’. While we are saddened not to be able to share these performances with you in the theater, we consider health and safety the immediate, and highest, priority.
Cancellation of summer productions, as well as suspension of statewide educational tours this past spring, is resulting in a significant financial impact on the Festival. In order to sustain basic infrastructure through this global crisis, we are working diligently to a) manage operational costs b) postpone capital expenses, c) mitigate expenses incurred for cancelled productions, and d) make responsible decisions to ensure the ability to resume programming when deemed safe.
We are committed to your satisfaction as a valued ticketholder of Festival events. We thank you in advance for your patience as we navigate the complexities of this situation and strive to provide customer service of the highest quality.
We are especially grateful to our generous patrons for donating tickets back to Idaho Shakespeare Festival (or exchanging tickets) during this challenging time. We sincerely appreciate your vital support.
The following options are available to patrons who previously purchased tickets to cancelled events:
Donate the full value of your tax-deductible tickets to Idaho Shakespeare Festival. We are committed to your satisfaction as a valued ticketholder and are incredibly grateful to you for your decision to donate. Your act of generosity makes a tremendous difference to the entirety of our nonprofit organization (ID #82-0316246) during this extremely challenging time. An acknowledgement letter that formally recognizes your generous donation will be mailed to you soon.
Receive a refund for any portion, or all, of your earlier purchase(s). We fully understand.
We look forward to resuming our programming as soon as deemed appropriate under the direction of federal, state, and local officials. In the meantime, we are grateful for your patience, understanding, loyalty, and continued support. We will get through this together.