During this time of separation, one thing that has become especially clear to us is the value of our relationship with our community. Even while facing your own personal challenges as a result of this crisis, you have been incredibly gracious to us with your heartwarming notes, emails, conversations with our staff, and social media messages and comments.
How We’re Doing
In answer to the many questions we have been steadily receiving, here are a few key updates:
- Yes, we are taking a serious financial hit as a result of having to close and postpone several productions.
- Yes, we are applying for every loan, grant and benefit we can possibly access.
- No, these sources will not cover all of our lost revenue. The path to recovery will be extensive. But, for now, we are optimistic that we will be here to bring you world-class theatre for many years to come.
We have had to furlough nearly half of our staff, and have scaled back the hours and wages for remaining staff. However, we have made health insurance for all our team members a top priority and will be able to sustain that for at least then next 3 months. Our leadership team is deeply focused on staying on top of all potential solutions for our long-term financial well-being, and we will continue to provide updates.
About our Affected Productions
ONCE and CRY IT OUT closed on March 12 – ten days early. Hundreds of subscribers and ticket-holders opted to enjoy our videos of these productions in exchange for their unused tickets. Access to these videos ended on April 15. Most subscribers who hadn’t used their tickets, and also did not opt for video access, chose to donate their tickets back to Geva. We are truly thankful to all of you who did so!
LOOKS LIKE PRETTY was suspended mid-rehearsal. It is our hope and intention to stage this production on the Wilson Stage in July or at another approved date. We will provide additional details as soon as they are available. Due to the timing of federal, state and local public health directives, we have no way of making a final call yet. Please be assured that we are on top of daily news and briefings and are as eager as you are to make a final decision.
VIETGONE was cancelled, with a hope to stage it sometime in the future. Due to the serious financial hardship we’re experiencing, we have humbly been asking for all who are able to please consider donating your Vietgone subscriber tickets back to Geva Theatre Center. In order to enable us to make accurate financial calculations, after April 30th, all remaining tickets will be converted to donations with our sincere gratitude. Please email the box office if you have any questions.
How You Can Help Geva
We know that many of you are facing difficult personal and financial circumstances at this time. Our hearts are with you and your families. For those of you who have asked for ways to help Geva and are able to do so, any amount you’re are able to donate will help us continue to keep most of our staff employed as we look to the future.
Geva is extremely fortunate to have the largest and most devoted audience base of any non-profit, professional, regional theatre in the country. Thank you for your continued support and understanding during this evolving situation. If you have any urgent questions, please contact the box office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please continue to check back here and on our Facebook page for ongoing updates.