ASC’S COMPREHENSIVE PLAN FOR A SAFE RE-OPENING FOR OUR ACTORS, AUDIENCES, AND STAFF.
The following page outlines some of the mitigation steps American Shakespeare Center is taking to keep all of us safe for your next visit to a live performance.
All activity will move forward in accordance with regulations from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, Virginia Department of Health, and the CDC. A team of SafeStart Advisors including medical experts from Augusta Health, Staunton City officials, and community leaders have reviewed and approved this plan.
This page contains information specifically for Blackfriars Playhouse audience members – both what ASC is doing to keep you safe as well as what we ask of you as a member of our community.
For more information about the ASC SafeStart plan, including how we are keeping our acting company and staff safe, please contact us.
The success of these protocols DEPENDS on each of us deciding to value the health and safety of the person next to us. This plan was written with faith in THE strength OF OUR ASC community as an underlying condition.
- Maintain 6-foot social distance whenever possible
- Wash hands regularly with soap and water for 20 seconds
- Wear a mask whenever possible
- Do not attend a performance or come to one of the performance venues if you are experiencing symptoms.
If you cannot attend a performance due to illness, we are offering a flexible rescheduling and refund policy. Please get in touch with our Box Office! (E-mail, or call1.877.MUCH.ADO)
OVERVIEW: What’s Changed?
Your experience at the Blackfriars Playhouse will look different than it has in the past. In particular:
- Universal Masking: All patrons, staff, and volunteers will wear masks at all times. This helps keep our acting company safe!
- We are reducing seating capacity by over 50% and overall building capacity by 70%. This season there will be no Gallant Stools, no one seated in the front row, and seating blocks will be spaced six feet apart.
- We will be using ticket scanners and digital tickets to avoid passing paper tickets back and forth. Ticket scanning will be outside.
- There will be digital programs in place of paper programs.
- Foot traffic flow will be marked with 6-foot intervals both outside and within the Playhouse as well as directed and timed audience entrances and exits.
- We will not accept cash transactions for Gift Shop or ticket sales.
- There will be no concessions for sale this season.
- You’ll see free-standing hand sanitizer stations throughout the Playhouse.
- All areas in the Blackfriars Playhouse will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected on a regular basis. High touch areas will be cleaned more frequently, in line with CDC, VDH, and Commonwealth of VA guidelines.
WHAT HASN’T CHANGED?
The Blackfriars Playhouse will remain a home for world-class Shakespeare performed in repertory by a single company of actors. Our dedication to Shakespeare’s performance conditions has not changed.
Our embrace of early-modern theatre approaches like repertory casting, performing without elaborate scenery in shared light, and our emphasis on the power of the actor, the word, the hand-made, and the acoustic all contribute to ASC being uniquely suited to safely adapt to the variety of conditions presented by this challenging new era.