July 6, 2020
May you be reading this message in a place of peace, love, and harmony. We miss you all! The Emil theatre is not the same space without you. Know that we all at Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square are wishing you and your family many blessings. As we enter July, we are excited to announce updates regarding the RE-OPENING of Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square.
In June, at the completion of his first year of Grad school, Emil returned back to Marietta to do thing he does best, “put a twist on it”. Reimagining the Emil Theatre as a filming studio, Rec Squad ATL and MNTITS restructured the Emil Theatre house for limited social distanced seating and 24/7 access to multi-cam live streaming via BOXCAST.TV. We intent to have limited seating accessible to any patron when Georgia enters the appropriate phase deemed by the state and federal government. At this time, the Emil Theatre will be available for production rentals interested in streaming their production on the service of their choice or the inhouse secured paywall PPV (pay-per-view).
We are happy to announce the upcoming following productions,
Partners: A 21-century love story
Directed and written by Emil Thomas
Show dates: July 15-August 2.
Stepp Stewart’s Motown Motor City Revue
Directed and Choregraph by Stepp Stewart
Show dates: August 13-23rd
Palmer William’s For the Love of
Written and Starring Palmer Williams
Show dates: September 2020
The Gift of the Magi 2.0
Written and Directed by Emil Thomas
Show dates: December 2020
Tickets are available for streaming at theatreinthesquare.net Once it is safe to reopen the theatre doors limited tickets will go on sell on our website.
Due to lack of streaming rights and casting size we must cancel the following productions,
August Wilson’s Jitney, West Side Story the Musical, and Dominique Morisseau’s Pipeline.
Ticketholders to canceled productions listed above may reach out to the Box Office via phone or email and request a ticket exchange to any of the newly listed upcoming productions or request a inhouse credit to future productions or request a refund.
For the last 5 months, artists of all kind have been forced to work from home as we wait out the pandemic. And just last week, BIPOC artists of the Metro-Atlanta theatre industry came together for a three-day townhall to bravely speak out on a Racial inequality in Atlanta theatre. As we listened, we felt more and more a responsibility to create a space where artist no matter their race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or religious belief can come and work in peace. We are proud to announce the opening of the Commuitea lounge. Remodeled from our traditional lobby, the Communitea lounge, is a social distanced, café-like lounge where you are able to work on your writing, send emails, host forums, play readings, and so much more. Accompanied by a hot and cold tea bar, this space is our gift to the community. Limited seating is available at this time to ensure social distancing is remained at all times. Those interested in coming to the lounge, should sign up for a slot at theatreinthesquare.net, walk-ins are welcomed if there is spaced available.
Communites Lounge Hours:
Monday – Thursday 12pm -5pm
Friday, Saturday, & Sunday hours will be reserved for Emil Theatre rentals and private rentals, follow us on Facebook and Instagram at @MNTITS for daily updates.
As we continued to watch the development of the COVID-19 pandemic nationally and locally, we believe in order to safely maintain the ability to create and share theatre in this time, we are requiring all to wear mask while on the premises of Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square. All guest must enter through the gated entrance, into the box office glass door. Once inside, A staff member will take your temperature, assure you are wearing a mask, or a mask will be given to you, sanitize your hands and you will be required to sign a COVID-19 waiver. Any guest whose temperature is over 100 °F will be asked to immediately leave the premises and cannot return to the theatre for 15 days. These guidelines will be heavily in focused to assure the safely of the staff and guests in the building.
We want to thank you MNTITS Family for your endless support through these unprecedented times. We believe this only the beginning and along rode of adjustments as we get use to what our new norm is. Peace love and harmony to you and yours and we look forward to seeing you soon.
Executive Artistic Director
Marietta’s New Theatre in the Square
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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
CDC: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)
DPH: Georgia Department of Public Health
WHO: Q&A on coronaviruses (COVID-19)