Lantern Theater Company: Geneviève Perrier and Charlie DelMarcelle in A CHILD'S CHRISTMAS IN WALES (2014); Kittson O'Neill, Maxwell Eddy, and Alex Boyle in ARCADIA (2014); Damon Bonetti, Daniel Fredrick, and Dave Johnson in THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (2015); and Kirk Wendell Brown and Peter DeLaurier in THE TRAIN DRIVER (2014). Photos by Mark Garvin.
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Important Health and Safety Updates Regarding Covid-19



POSTED: April 16, 2020

Announcing Lantern Anywhere.

A new series of virtual artistic programming to enlighten and entertain you during this difficult time when we cannot come together in our theater.




POSTED: April 8, 2020

Dear Friends of the Lantern,

First allow us to express our concern and appreciation for you, our fellow Philadelphians, and our entire theater community. Although now isolated in our homes, we share a strong bond in our dedication to the performing arts and in our belief that live theater is an essential and healing experience in our lives.

As you know, we suspended Othello performances in mid-March when public health officials required the end of public gatherings to help mitigate the spread of the Covid-19 outbreak. It has since become clear that we will not be able to resume normal activities – rehearsals, scenic construction, or performances – at the Lantern this spring. So, with deep regret, we must announce that we are postponing The Misanthrope with the hope of producing it in a future season.

We do this work because we believe that great plays, well performed, make a difference in the lives of the people who see them and enrich our common humanity with empathy and wisdom. Othello remains an important artistic project for the Lantern. Following its single preview performance on March 12 – and a rousing standing ovation and overwhelming feedback by those in attendance – we knew that we must make every possible effort to share this moving production with you. With that in mind, we are thrilled to let you know that we will open the upcoming 2020/21 season with Othello, and we can't wait for you to experience this timeless story of love, pride, jealousy, and betrayal.

Lantern Theater Company will produce a complete 2020/21 season, beginning with Othello in September, followed by Travesties by Tom Stoppard, Novecento by Alessandro Baricco, A Man for All Seasons by Robert Bolt, and Fabulation, or The Re-Education of Undine by Lynn Nottage. We will also present our beloved original adaption of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with Anthony Lawton in December and our annual production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet for middle school and high school audiences in spring 2021.

As subscribers, supporters, and ticket buyers, you play an essential role in our Lantern community. Our mission is to produce plays that investigate and illuminate what is essential in the human spirit and the spirit of the times. In addition to attending productions at the Lantern, we seek your participation in our In Conversation programs through which we hope to engage you in ongoing conversations about important artistic and social issues.

We know that you must be as disappointed as we are by this premature end to the 2019/20 season. If you hold tickets to a cancelled performance of Othello or The Misanthrope, there are three options for you: donate the value of your tickets as a tax-deductible contribution, request a ticket voucher, or request a refund. Please know that donating your tickets back to the Lantern represents the most effective way to lend your support during this extraordinary time of need.

Please complete this handy online form to share with us your preferences about the handling of your tickets. You may also call our Box Office at 215.829.0395 during regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM. Our Box Office is fully functioning from remote locations, and our staff is standing by to assist you. We ask that you notify us about your ticket preferences by May 31.

The Covid-19 health crisis has hurt all of us across our region and around the world. Theater artists have been particularly affected with virtually all of their professional and artistic employment cancelled this spring and summer. The best way we can support our hard-hit theater community is to put the Lantern in the strongest possible position to provide professional opportunities for them. More than 180 individual theater artists, technicians, house managers, box officers, and other theater professionals are needed to produce our upcoming 2020/21 season. We are fully committed to doing so, and we hope that you will join us in creating a future better than the present.

Your support contributes to the resilience of the performing arts and in the lives of our theater artists. Please support the Lantern now and in the future. If you have not already subscribed to our upcoming 2020/21 season and/or made a tax-deductible donation, we invite you to consider doing so. Your commitment to the Lantern would be the best news we could hope for at this time.

With deep appreciation,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director



POSTED: March 16, 2020

Dear Friends of the Lantern,

Given the CDC's updated guidance to not hold public gatherings of 50 or more people over the next eight weeks, the Lantern will not resume public performances before May 10, 2020.

If you hold tickets to an upcoming performance of Othello, we continue to provide a variety of cost-free ticket exchange options. We encourage you to complete our handy Othello Ticket Request Form to share with us your preferences about the handling of your tickets.

We hope and intend to resume performances – and to welcome you back to our theater – as soon as advisable by public health officials.

Like our fellow performing arts organizations, the Lantern will be affected by lost ticket sales. Even in the best of times, ticket sales cover 45% of the Lantern's operating budget. To help us mitigate the serious financial impact that lost ticket sales will have on the Lantern, we ask you to consider making a tax-deductible contribution.

On behalf of the Lantern's staff and artists, we thank you for your patience and your support during this challenging time.

Respectfully,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director



POSTED: March 13, 2020

Dear Friends of the Lantern,

We remain committed to following the advice of city, state, and federal public health officials with regard to the Covid-19 crisis. With that in mind, it is with deep regret that we must announce the immediate suspension of Othello performances through Sunday, March 29, 2020. A decision about future performances will be forthcoming.

If you hold tickets to an upcoming performance of Othello, we continue to provide a variety of cost-free ticket exchange options. We encourage you to complete our handy Othello Ticket Request Form to share with us your preferences about the handling of your tickets.

The health and safety of all is our top priority. On behalf of the Lanternís staff and artists, we thank you for your patience and your support during this challenging time.

Respectfully,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director



POSTED: March 11, 2020

Dear Friends of the Lantern,

For the past month, we have been preparing intensely for our production of Othello by William Shakespeare. We have scheduled 44 public performances and seven student matinees during the course of the March/April 2020 run. On the eve of our final dress rehearsal, we are excited to see this production come together so beautifully, and we are eager to share it with you.

You are no doubt following the Covid-19 news as closely as we are, and you have probably already formed questions about your own personal, professional, social, and cultural activities in light of this news. One of those questions may be about your upcoming tickets to the Lantern. At the present, we are proceeding with our scheduled performances. We are committed to following the advice of public health officials in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the City of Philadelphia, and any changes to our performance schedule will reflect public health policy guidance in our state and municipality.

The current advice from the City's Health Department is that "Philadelphians consider not attending public gatherings with more than 5,000 expected attendees. This recommendation is particularly important for people who have chronic health conditions or are elderly." If the City changes this recommendation to include gatherings of 150 or fewer, the Lantern will comply and we will immediately notify our patrons by phone and email.

We are also following the Commonwealth's guidance for businesses and non-profit organizations regarding employee training and cleaning of our theater venue.

In response to the Covid-19 epidemic, we have liberalized our ticket exchange policies, including waiving all exchange fees during Othello. We welcome the opportunity to serve your needs, and our staff will be available at 215.829.0395 during regular Box Office hours: Monday through Friday, 10AM to 5PM. Please note that we may be unavailable to answer your calls in the 60 minutes prior to a performance, so please feel free to leave a voicemail message – or submit our handy ticket request form.

Like our fellow performing arts organizations, the Lantern will be affected by lost ticket sales even if there are no cancelled performances. Even in the best of times, ticket sales cover 45% of the Lantern's operating budget. We depend on your donations for the majority of our operating budget. We invite you to consider a special contribution to help us mitigate the adverse impact on your theater company by supporting the Lantern at this time.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during this uncertain period.

With appreciation,
Charles McMahon
Charles McMahon
Artistic Director
Stacy Dutton
Stacy Dutton
Executive Director




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