The Phoenix Theatre Company announces its 102nd season, marking an exciting return to indoor programs after shuttering its doors for the first time in 101 years. After a pivot to virtual and outdoor programming, The Phoenix Theatre Company welcomes audiences back to its three-stage complex starting in June to kick off a season highlighting stories of extraordinary everyday heroes and beloved characters that inspire hope and unity.
“We are unbelievably grateful to welcome back audiences to our home,” says Michael Barnard, producing artistic director. “Our stages may have been darkened, but our spirits are undimmed. Over the last year, we’ve faced creative and financial challenges and what’s lifted us up is our community. Now I am beyond grateful to announce our 102nd season filled with stories of resilience and tenacity.”
As the theatre company moves performances back indoors, it will continue to monitor local health trends and work closely with public health agencies and Actors’ Equity Association to keep artist and community safety a priority. When the theatre company opens in June, face masks and temperature checks will be required for all staff and patrons. The indoor theatres’ ventilation systems exceeds recommendations by public health officials and cleaning and disinfecting will occur frequently. Seating will not be socially-distanced. As vaccines become more available and accessible, safety protocols will be updated to ensure patron and staff comfort and wellbeing.
“It’s essential to find a way to innovate during these challenging times,” says Vincent VanVleet, managing director. “Our incredible staff, artists, patrons and community supporters pulled together to help us build an outdoor theatre and sustained us through our current season. Our community is the reason we’re able to move past this difficult year and invite audiences back to our indoor stages.”
Indoor performances resume June 2 with a summer series featuring Becoming Dr. Ruth, Daddy Long Legs and Pump Boys and Dinettes. The 2021/2022 season starts Aug. 18 with Steel Magnolias. The 10-show lineup features Broadway favorites, stories of perseverance, family and inspiration. The Phoenix Theatre Company remains committed to new play and musical development, continuing its Festival of New American Theatre and producing the world premiere of Million Dollar Quartet Christmas.
“These shows will lift your spirits while creating memories you and your loved ones will cherish for years to come,” says Barnard. “We have carefully chosen shows that highlight stories of everyday people who possess extraordinary resilience and heroic tenacity. I can’t wait to welcome our community back and celebrate the return to our indoor stages!”
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit phoenixtheatre.com.