For the past several weeks, we have been evaluating various scenarios in order to live up to our promise to deliver exceptional productions that engage and inspire our audiences. Regrettably, we have made the excruciating yet necessary decision to cancel our 2020/21 Theatre Company season.
Ticket sales only account for 36% of what it takes to produce our Theatre Company season, which requires months of advance work and upfront costs that are only partially recouped once performances take place. Unlike Broadway shows that arrive ready to assemble, our productions utilize local artists to create the incredible productions to which you’ve become accustomed. Plus, we endeavor to keep our ticket costs as low as possible so that we can be more accessible to everyone in our community.
With no indication of when theatres will reopen, we reviewed many scenarios for our season all of which include tremendous financial risk. Ultimately, we have chosen to protect our resources now so that we can come back, resilient, in our 2021/22 season. We will reevaluate this decision at our October Board meeting and, if circumstances allow, make every effort to return to the stage this coming spring.
You’ve heard this appeal from too many organizations, but we must ask you now — please, if you are in the position to do so, make a donation to ensure that our story continues.
Since the impact of COVID-19 struck our community, we have canceled multiple shows, leaving the DCPA with a financial loss in excess of $10 million. Now, more than ever, we need your help to persevere. If you’ve already contributed, thank you. If you haven’t, please consider a gift today.