Geva Theatre Center is postponing or canceling all remaining productions of the 2019-2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The organization’s productions of “Once” and “Cry It Out” that were running when attendance restrictions were put in place will be available to view soon on the streaming channel BroadwayHD.
The world premiere production of “Looks Like Pretty,” which was in rehearsal until March 14, has been suspended. The theatre hopes to present the production in July. “Where Did We Sit on the Bus?,” the final scheduled production of the Fielding Studio Series, will be rescheduled for another time next season, officials said Monday. The production of “Vietgone” that was to close out the season has had to be canceled.
Events such as the Regional Writers Showcase, the Young Writers Showcase and the final play of the Hornets’ Nest series also have been canceled. But amid the postponements and cancelations, Geva officials said the organization will present 10 major productions and two festivals during the 2020-2021 season, the non-profit theatre’s 48th year of making exceptional professional theatre in Rochester.
ESL Federal Credit Union has sponsored the Wilson Stage Series since Geva’s 2014-2015 season and will continue its commitment as the sponsor for the 2020-2021 Season. Dawn Lipson will serve as honorary season producer.
“We are so thankful to all of our patrons for the outpouring of support we have seen,” said Geva Executive Director Christopher Mannelli. “At this time, donations and support from the Rochester community are critical to bringing this next season to life on our stage.”
The Wilson Stage will feature a celebration of air-guitar competition, a fresh take on a classic tale of horror, a new comedy about scandal and selling enlightenment, a Tony Award-winning musical with Caribbean flair, a thriller set in 2013 Kabul and a musical celebration of country legend Johnny Cash.
“We all want to come together to celebrate the special experience of live, professional theatre,” said Geva Artistic Director Mark Cuddy. “The new season holds great joy and hope within its varied selections and now, more than ever, it will provide a gathering place to build community once again.”
Geva also announced the return of the theatre’s production of Dickens’ classic tale of redemption, the KeyBank production of A Christmas Carol, Rochester’s favorite holiday tradition.
Geva will present a full line-up in the Fielding Stage throughout 2020-2021, sponsored in part by the Gouvernet Arts Fund at The Rochester Area Community Foundation: nurturing new plays in the Festival of New Theatre, and an eclectic range of contemporary plays in the Fielding Studio Series. In addition, the Fielding Stage will again be a venue for the KeyBank Rochester Fringe Festival.
“We are fortunate to have Geva Theatre Center in our community because its impactful, thought-provoking productions provide exposure to theatre for so many,” said Faheem Masood, president and CEO of ESL Federal Credit Union. “High-quality, affordable theatre is not always so accessible. But for more than 47 years, Geva has been instrumental to the arts and cultural experience in Rochester, ensuring that theatre can be enjoyed by all. ESL is honored to support such a vital community institution that exposes so many to the arts and culture that Greater Rochester is known for.”