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QUESTION: Are these Covid policies current?
These protocols were last updated on November 4, 2022. Any updates to these policies will be announced 30 days prior to the start of each production.

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Frequently Asked Questions: Attending Live Performances during Covid-19

Will audiences be required to wear masks at the theater?

Yes, everyone other than the actors on stage must wear properly fitted masks at all times in all parts of our venue, including the lobby, performance spaces, restrooms, stairwells, etc. Thank you for your cooperation with these safety protocols that help protect you, our artists, and our staff – and help avoid performance cancellations.

Will audiences be required to be vaccinated?

No, we will not require proof of vaccination.

What happens to my tickets if I am not feeling well?

  • For 2022/23 Season Subscribers: To help make our return to live theater more comfortable for everyone, we will offer free subscriber exchanges throughout the 2022/23 season up to 24 hours before showtime – no exchange fees, no upgrade charges, no questions asked.

  • For Single Ticket Buyers: If you are unable to attend your scheduled performance, you may contact the Box Office to exchange your tickets for another performance of the same play. We must hear from you at least 24 hours BEFORE the performance date and time listed on your ticket. While we will waive all ticket exchange fees during the 2022/23 season, you will be required to pay any difference in price for exchanges into higher-priced performances and/or seating areas.
Will the Lantern sell beverages and concessions or allow patrons to eat in our building?

No. We will require that patrons remain masked, so no concessions will be sold at this time.

Will the Lantern operate at reduced capacity or implement social distancing in the theater?

Current public health department guidance does not require reduced capacity or social distancing for indoor gatherings. If that guidance changes, the Lantern will revise our policies to conform with public health guidance.

Other current policies and changes related to Covid-19:

  • We have updated our air ventilation system to achieve multiple air-changes per hour.
  • Most of our staff is now back to working in-person at the theater and in our administrative offices.
  • Our staff continues to wear masks in our theater building.
  • During in-person work, we conduct rapid-antigen testing among each production group at least three times per week.
  • We achieved 100% vaccination of all Lantern staff by June 1, 2021, and we require all casts and crews for all Lantern productions to be fully vaccinated.
Will the Lantern stream filmed versions of the plays being produced live on stage?

It depends. Our mainstage subscription productions are produced under contracts with Actors' Equity Association (AEA), the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States. Prior to Covid-19, AEA contracts did not allow for the recording and streaming of live stage productions. During the first 18 months or so of the pandemic, AEA made temporary provision for limited streaming. This has allowed for increased accessibility of stage productions to audiences, including individuals previously unable to attend live performances. We hope that AEA will allow us to retain this option under terms that are affordable to small professional theaters and to our audiences.

If both AEA restrictions and licensing rights make it possible for us to stream future productions, we will announce that here on our website and by email. For the latest updates, make sure you're on our email list.

Need help or have other questions?

Please contact our Box Office Team at boxoffice@lanterntheater.org or 215.829.0395.


Pictured: Geneviève Perrier in Photograph 51 (2015). Photo: Mark Garvin.
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Header Photo: Paul L. Nolan, Sally Mercer, and Charles McMahon in Copenhagen (2018); Charlie DelMarcelle, Anthony Lawton, Jered McLenigan, and Brian Anthony Wilson in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui (2019); Anthony Lawton and Paul L. Nolan in The Craftsman (2017); and Bi Jean Ngo and Peter DeLaurier in The Tempest (2018). Photos by Mark Garvin.

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