April 1, 2020

 

To our loyal Patrons, family, and Friends, 

It is important that in times of crisis and uncertainty that we come together as a community to support one another. Whether it be through song and dance, a Facebook post, or a simple hello over the phone, community is the sole human structure that can evolve no matter the circumstances. Over the last couple of weeks, the United States as a nation has brought our everyday lives to an abrupt halt in an effort to successfully fight against and eliminate the COVID-19 virus.   

For all of us, this was not the expectation or the dream that we had envisioned when starting this new decade. I am sure that many of you, like myself, had goals related to your education, employment, or family, and now we’ve had to pause on our expectations and focus on how each of us can do our part in the fight against COVID-19. 

Our part, as hard as it has been and will be, was to make the choice to close the doors to our home, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. I come to you today with an update on the status of the theatre and how we plan to move forward in the near future. 

Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, home of the Emil Theatre, will remain closed until April 30th, , 2020. We have, at this time, paused all rehearsals for our spring productions and have rescheduled the season as follows: 

Stepp Stewart’s Motown Motor City Revue: June 19 – 28th 

Stepp Stewart’s Red, White, and Blue: July 1st – 4th 

West side Story the musical: August 14th – Sept 13th 

August Wilson’s Jitney: September 25th – October 4th 

Anna in the Tropics: October 16th – November 8th 

The Gift of the Magi 2.0: November 20th thru December 6th 

Stepp Stewart’s Soulful Christmas: Dec 11th thru 27th 

Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline: January 8, 2021- 24th 

This was not how we intended to celebrate our 5th season, but let me assure you that we see no reason to cancel any of our productions. We are simply postponing the season until the fight against COVID-19 has ended. Let me be clear, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square will reopen. We will have our 5th season. We will celebrate the stories of our people. But we must wait, we must pause, and we must do our part to not spread the virus any further. In the meantime, we will continue to stream past productions from our earlier seasons, and I am working on some new pieces of work to share with you in the near future. 

If you have tickets for any of the original dates to Dominique Morisseau’s PIPELINE, or August Wilson’s JITNEY and would like to exchange them for any show in the season or to the new show dates, please email boxofficetheatresquare@gmail.com with the subject line “[show title] exchange, [last name],” and let us know what date you are interested in. We will honor any tickets you have and swap them for any show in our current lineup. Don’t feel like you must make that decision now, just understand that this system is available for when you are ready. 

Now here is how you can help us. 

First and foremost, STAY HOME! If it is not essential, stay home. I understand that we are all craving to get back to our daily regiment, but not following the social-distancing guidelines will only prolong all of us getting back to business as usual.   

I want to thank you for your endless support and dedication to the arts, and particularly to Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. It is because of patrons and supporters like you that we have made it this far and that will be here for years to come. Please let us know how we can be of service to you through these times, and we will see you this summer as we return for our summer production of West Side Story. 

Emil Thomas 

Executive Artistic Director 

Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square

Health and Safety Update

Over the last 24 hours, the pace of information about Coronavirus (COVID-19) and its impact on our community has escalated rapidly. Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square has been in regular contact with the public health department of Cobb County to determine what measures to take to best protect the health and safety of our patrons and community.

Based on the most recent recommendations from the county and the
statement from Governor Kemp this morning,
we have decided to postpone the remainder of
Pipeline beginning with Sunday March 15, 2020 Show
We will be monitoring closely our reopen date, but we plan to open again April 3rd and 4th featuring The Better Halves comedy show

Pipeline will take the stage
April 10th, 11th, 15th, 17th, 18th,19th,24th and 25th
We will honor your tickets for the shows that we had to postpone
for Pipeline on the above dates or any other show of equal value.

Since COVID-19 became a concern, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square has followed or exceeded all guidelines from health officials and the CDC. We have taken measures to protect our patrons by ensuring the cleanliness of our space and, as the situation progressed, encouraging our older and high-risk patrons to stay safe at home. At this point, we don’t feel these measures will be enough going forward. We have a responsibility to do everything within our power to slow the spread of this virus by minimizing exposure to all patrons, not only those at increased risk, and will be doing so by activating social distancing measures.

We appreciate your understanding as we do everything possible to keep our community safe and healthy. We know these times of uncertainty can create a stressful time, and we couldn’t be more grateful to have patrons like you. We will continue to monitor the situation and keep the lines of communication open with you.
You can reach our box office at 770-426-4800

Stay safe and look out for each other. As always, thank you for your patronage.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

How long will you be closed?
Right now, Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square will be closed to the public through April 2, 2020. We’ll be continuing to monitor the situation and communicate with health officials. We appreciate your patience in this fluid situation, and we’ll continue to communicate with you as things progress.

Why are you canceling now?
Our main priority is protecting the vulnerable members of our community by doing all we can to help slow the growing spread (“flatten the curve”) of COVID-19.
While we hate to see the theatre dark, our mission is to serve the community. Right now, protecting the health of our patrons is the best way we can do that.

I keep hearing “flattening the curve.” What does it mean?
The more we can all do to slow the spread of the virus, the better our hospitals and infrastructure will be able to handle anyone who does get sick. The danger of spiking the curve is when protective measures aren’t taken, and those resources get overwhelmed by an entire community sick at once.
Read more on how you can help “flatten the curve” here.

What can I do to help?
First and foremost, stay safe. Continue to listen to the CDC and public health department and follow their recommendations.

If you’d like to help support Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, we would greatly appreciate your financial support. Nationally, arts organizations rely on sponsorships for over 50% of their budget.
At Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square, that number is only 10%. 90% of our budget comes through ticket sales and events, so while the safety of this community is our top priority the loss of revenue from going dark will be a financial hardship. If you’re able to give support, please visit our website
https://www.theatreinthesquare.net/ , or leave us a message at the box office (770-426-4800), and we will get back to you as soon as time permits.

We look forward to Bringing Your Theatre back to light as soon as we possibly can
Stay Healthy

CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
DPH: Georgia Department of Public Health
WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)