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New Repertory Theatre takes your health and well-being seriously! Please see below for important information regarding our performances and events impacted by COVID-19. If you have any questions, please contact our Patron Services Team at 617-923-8487 or tickets@newrep.org.

UPDATED JUNE 22, 2020

As the reopening of theaters in the state of Massachusetts falls between Phases 3 and 4 of Governor Baker’s reopening plan, New Repertory Theatre has been forced to make the following decisions:

  • NEW UPDATE! Postpone all performances of Angels in America: Millennium Approaches until Fall 2021
  • NEW UPDATE! Postpone all performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill until 2021
  • NEW UPDATE! We are working to produce a 2-person production of Romeo & Juliet to tour in the spring of 2021. All performances of Thurgood on Tour, and Classic Repertory Company’s productions of The Scarlet Letter have been cancelled.
  • NEW UPDATE! Cancel Gala 2020 (previously scheduled for May 5, then October 26, 2020)

As a reminder:

  • All performances of August Wilson’s Fences (previously scheduled for April/May 2020) were cancelled this past spring.
  • At this time, the Mosesian Center for the Arts is still closed to the public.

We have evaluated all possibilities for fall production, including social-distancing procedures and live streamed performances. As our artists would need to begin the design process this week, and it is still unsafe for them to collaborate indoors in such a close proximity, we have arrived at the conclusion that we are unable to produce Angels in America: Millennium Approaches and Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill this fall.

We currently plan to open our 2020/2021 MainStage season with The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee this November. Previews begin November 29, 2020.

“We are so disappointed to have to again make the decision to postpone New Rep productions,” says Michael J. Bobbitt, Artistic Director of New Repertory Theatre. “We miss our patrons, artists, and staff, and had truly hoped we would have returned to a relative normal by this time. These additional postponements expand our projected financial losses to $505,000 or 30% of our annual operating budget. We will need our community’s help now more than ever to make it through this.”

We recognize that these decisions may cause significant inconvenience to our most loyal supporters and patrons, but please know your well-being and the well-being of our artists and employees will continue to be our top priority. We are so appreciative of your continued understanding and support while New Repertory Theatre navigates these unprecedented times.

For Ticket-Holders

To current ticket-holders to Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, no action is needed on your part. We will be in touch with you regarding rescheduled performances once the new dates are confirmed.

To patrons who previously held tickets to August Wilson’s Fences, no action is needed on your part. A credit has been placed on your account in the amount of your ticket purchase. This credit may be used towards any performance through June 2022.

To subscribers to the 2020/2021 season who currently have tickets to Angels in America: Millennium Approaches, no action is needed on your part. Your tickets will automatically be transferred to the Fall 2021 performance as soon as the production’s new run dates are confirmed.

Please call our box office at (617) 923-8487 or email tickets@newrep.org with any questions. We are responding as quickly as possible and greatly appreciate your patience.

We Need Your Help!

Like most nonprofit arts organizations, New Repertory Theatre is dependent upon ticket sales and contributions from generous donors to fund our operations. The cancellation and postponement of our scheduled productions and gala from the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons will cause great financial harm to our organization, as well as our artists who are dependent upon freelance work for their income.

We ask that you please continue to be a patron of the arts, and consider supporting New Repertory Theatre at this difficult time in the following ways:

  1. Making a financial contribution in any amount to New Repertory Theatre’s COVID – 19 Relief Fund
  2. Purchasing a 3- or 4-play subscription to our 2020-2021 season
  3. Purchase a gift certificate – available at any time and in any amount, a gift certificate is valid for 7 years from the date of purchase. This means that you can support New Rep now, in our time of need, and guarantee yourself and your loved ones a night at the theater whenever you are ready to return.
  4. Exchanging your current tickets to August Wilson’s Fences to a production anytime between now and June 2022
  5. Donate your current tickets back to New Rep and receive a tax write-off letter.

This is a difficult time for our organization and artists, and we thank you for anything you are able to do to support us through this pandemic!

Our administrative staff is still open for business, so please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

FAQs

We are in the process of rescheduling performances of Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill for 2021, and Angels in America: Millennium Approaches for Fall 2021. We will share these dates as soon as they are confirmed with the Mosesian Center for the Arts, the shows’ licensors, and our artistic and production teams. Please be sure you are on our email list so that you receive the most up-to-date information! Sign up for our e-newsletter on the homepage of newrep.org.

Our current plan is what we have come up with.  As you know, this pandemic is changing daily.  If we need to come up with a new plan, we will communicate it to you ASAP. Please be sure you are on our email list so that you receive the most up-to-date information! Sign up for our e-newsletter on the homepage of newrep.org.

No action is needed on your part! We are pleased to reissue your tickets for the Fall 2021 performance. We will be in touch with you regarding performance dates once we have finalized them.

If you have not yet been in touch with our box office for your Lady Day and Fences tickets from the 2019-2020 season:

We will reissue your Lady Day ticket(s) for the new performance dates TBD. We will be in touch with you regarding performance dates once we have finalized them.

The financial value of your ticket to Fences will remain on your subscriber account as a credit, and can be applied to a performance or subscription package through June 2022.

To current ticket-holders to Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar and Grill, no action is needed on your part. We will be in touch with you regarding rescheduled performances. If you have any questions, please contact the Box Office at tickets@newrep.org or 617-923-8487. We are responding as quickly as possible and greatly appreciate your patience.

If you are unable to attend one of the new Lady Day performance dates, the value of your ticket will remain as a credit on your account, to be used at any performance through June 2022.

If you do not wish to attend any of our upcoming productions, please consider donating your ticket back to New Rep! Our need to cancel and postpone performances, our gala and tours due to COVID-19 may lead to a potentially devastating loss of over $500,000 – 30% of our annual revenues. Your willingness to support our theatre in this difficult time by donating unused tickets back to us will help to ease this unexpected financial burden of our organization and artists.  If you donate, you’ll receive a tax write-off letter.

Current ticket-holders to August Wilson’s Fences will receive a credit on their account for the value of their ticket purchased. This credit may be applied to any performance through June 2022.

If you do not wish to attend any of our upcoming productions, please consider donating your ticket back to New Rep! Our need to cancel and postpone performances, our gala and tours due to COVID-19 may lead to a potentially devastating loss of over $500,000 – 30% of our annual revenues. Your willingness to support our theatre in this difficult time by donating unused tickets back to us will help to ease this unexpected financial burden of our organization and artists.  If you donate, you’ll receive a tax write-off letter.

Yes! Any ticket to Lady Day, Fences, or Angels in America: Millennium Approaches may be exchanged fee-free to for a credit to be used towards any performance through June 2022. Please contact our Box Office at tickets@newrep.org or 617-923-8487 to learn more and coordinate an exchange.

Like most nonprofit arts organizations, New Rep is dependent upon ticket sales and contributions from generous donors to fund our operations. The cancellation and postponement of our scheduled productions, gala and tours for the 19/20 and 20/21 seasons will cause a financially harmful impact on our organization, as well as our artists who are dependent upon freelance work for their income. The cancelled and postponement of our productions, gala, and tours currently represent 30% of our operating budget, and a potentially devastating loss of over $500,000. This sum allows us to support numerous artists. We will need our community’s help to make it through this, and appreciate your understanding. As the majority of theater companies will also be forced to cancel performances, actors, directors, designers, and stage managers across the country will be out of work.

We ask that you please continue to be a patron of the arts, and consider supporting New Rep at this difficult time in the following ways:

  1. Making a financial contribution in any amount to New Repertory Theatre’s COVID – 19 Relief Fund
  2. Purchasing a 3- or 4-play subscription to our 2020-2021 season
  3. Purchase a gift certificate – available at any time and in any amount, a gift certificate is valid for 7 years from the date of purchase. This means that you can support New Rep now, in our time of need, and guarantee yourself and your loved ones a night at the theater whenever you are ready to return.
  4. Exchanging your current tickets to August Wilson’s Fences to a production anytime between now and June 2022
  5. Donate your current tickets back to New Rep and receive a tax write-off letter.