COVID-19 & Public Health Update
Like most of you, we are closely monitoring developments around COVID-19 and are following guidelines provided by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the City of New York.
Where things stand
The safety and well-being of our entire community of patrons, audience, staff/faculty, artists and students is of the utmost importance to us. In response to the rapidly developing public health crisis, our administrative offices, studios, and theaters closed on Thursday, March 12 at 6pm until further notice. All Atlantic staff will be working remotely and reachable via email between 10am and 6pm until we’re able to reopen. Please click here for additional staff contact information. We thank you for your understanding as we adapt to working without access to many of our typical resources.
What we’re doing at Atlantic Theater Company
It has become increasingly clear that we will not be able to resume public performances of any kind before the summer comes to a close. Over the course of the last few months, we made the difficult decision to cancel all remaining performances of Anatomy of a Suicide and Atlantic for Kids’ She Persisted, The Musical, and to postpone our productions of A Play is a Poem and The Bedwetter. We are heartbroken it has come to this, and while we work with our team to ensure our institutional stability over the coming months, we hope ticket buyers will consider donating the cost of their ticket(s). Especially in trying times such as these, we depend on the support of theatergoers like yourself to sustain our productions, our acting school, our hardworking artists, faculty and staff, and the crucial offstage programming serving thousands of New Yorkers across all five boroughs. Your support at this time means more than we can express.
On Wednesday, April 1, our beloved friend and colleague Adam Schlesinger, composer and co-lyricist of The Bedwetter, passed away from COVID-19 complications. We are devastated. Adam was an extraordinary composer, musician, writer, and most notably, human being. We mourn the loss of this amazing man, who will be sorely missed by us all, and our thoughts go out to his family during this immeasurably difficult time. As for The Bedwetter, we have every intention of celebrating Adam’s life and talents through this show, and are doing all we can to make that possible in the near future. Stay tuned for more details. We look forward to sharing Adam’s beautiful music with all of you soon.
We’re pleased to share that The Bedwetter will definitively be part of Atlantic’s 2020/2021 Season. While we are unable to confirm exact dates at this time, the production will play at our Linda Gross Theater in the spring of 2021, closely mirroring the slot it was meant to occupy in our current season. We will be sure to share a performance calendar with you as soon as dates are confirmed.
A Play is a Poem
Though it remains too early to confirm the future of A Play is a Poem, we do remain committed to these talented artists and to our production of Ethan Coen’s new one-acts. We are working hard to find a way to incorporate A Play Is a Poem in an upcoming Atlantic season, and will be sure to share dates and details when that time comes.
An update and associated ticket options (including donating the cost of said tickets, electing to receive a patron credit, and receiving a refund) were emailed to ticket holders on Tuesday, May 5. If you have not received such an email, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. All responses are due back by May 31, 2020. As a non-profit organization, we are facing unprecedented times and our new reality has taken a toll on our operations. However, we stand determined to cultivate a bright future for our artists. Any support ticket buyers are able to offer as we plan for that future would mean the world.
Note: Our ticketing partners at OvationTix ceased all phone room operations and customer service assistance on April 1. As such, moving forward we ask that you please contact us via email at email@example.com only. Due to an increased volume of emails, in addition to our limited administrative resources, please allow up to 72 hours to receive a response. Thank you for your flexibility!
All unused member tickets for the 2019/2020 Season will automatically be transferred into next season, to be used on any show in the 2020/2021 Season, including our future production of The Bedwetter. If you purchased an additional guest ticket, that ticket has also been converted into a patron credit and is being held in your account. This credit may also be used on any production during our 2020|2021 Season. If you would prefer to donate the cost of your ticket back to Atlantic, please email us here. We’re so grateful.
Once we have a better understanding of what next season will hold, we will begin the renewal process for our 2020|2021 Memberships. All tickets will be flexible and redeemable on all shows presented next season. Stay tuned; we promise you’ll be the first to know!
What we’re doing at Atlantic Acting School
This spring, all Atlantic Acting School programs for adults and kids/teens successfully moved to the remote platform, Zoom. Given the uncertainty of the of the ongoing reopening process in New York City, and keeping in mind the health and safety of our students, faculty and staff, we’ve made the decision to move all current Summer programs through exclusively to a remote platform as well.
We have also launched a series of new part-time virtual classes for all ages (click here for more information)!
Beyond this summer, we don’t yet know what our programming will look like. Just know that as of now, we’re incredibly impressed with effectiveness of Zoom as a teaching tool, and are lucky to have a team of endlessly creative and resourceful individuals ready to make the most of this unprecedented situation.
If anyone can make magic out of these trying times, it’s theater makers. With our team of endlessly creative and resourceful staff and faculty ready to make the most of this unprecedented situation, we’ve curated a few different digital ways for you to join us on this ride. Click here for all of the details, and no matter your background, we hope you’ll tune in!
We deeply apologize for any inconvenience this disruption will inevitably cause, and appreciate your understanding and flexibility as we muscle through it together. Thank you for being a part of the Atlantic family. We’re grateful you’re in it.
Would you consider making a donation today? Any amount makes a difference, be it $250, $150, or even $25. And by contributing at any level, you’re not just sustaining us in a time of great need. You’re standing with all of us, saying that Atlantic – along with the entire community – will emerge from this situation stronger and more vibrant than ever. While our offices remain closed, we encourage online donations. However, if you would prefer to send us a check in the mail, please email us here for access to our temporary address.