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News for September/October 2020:

Artistic Director Michael Ritchie announced that Center Theatre Group’s 2020-2021 season will begin later than scheduled.

Productions of “The Lehman Trilogy,” “Dear Evan Hansen,” “Les Miserables” and “Hadestown” will no longer be performed as previously announced. The company’s 54th season will not begin with “To Kill a Mockingbird” on April 29, 2021.

In addition, the engagement of returning musicals “Come From Away” and “Ain’t Too Proud” have been shortened to two weeks, each to accommodate other bookings.

When performances resume in April, 2021, CTG’s three stages–-the Ahmanson, Mark Taper Forum and Kirk Douglas Theatre–-will have been dark for more than a year. While “Slave Play” has been announced for the upcoming season at the Taper, the timing of that production and the remainder of the Taper and Douglas seasons have not yet been announced.

The unprecedented dark period is a direct result of the prolonged safety and health concerns arising from COVID-19 and is expected to result in losses of approximately $40 million in ticket revenues across the three venues.
During this interregnum, however, CTG’s education and community programming has been able to continue online. The company is reaching students, artists and adult learners both locally and nationally through digital channels.

“It is with great sadness that we have reached a point where it is simply impossible for us to envision safely returning to our stages until spring next year,” Ritchie said. “This is painful not only to hundreds of our staff members and artists, but to the tens of thousands of Angelenos we proudly serve each year, both from our stages and throughout our communities.

“We are continuing to find hope and inspiration in our online programs, which include virtual education initiatives and our ‘Art Goes On Project,’ with more to come,” Ritchie added. “I am confident that we can return safely to the stage with this new schedule and, should health officials become more optimistic about a safe time-line to resume large gatherings, we will work as quickly and safely as possible to return to the stage sooner.”

For information, visit centertheatregroup.org/emergencygiving.


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