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Frequently Asked Questions: Attending Live Performances During the 2021/22 Season

Will audiences be required to wear masks at the theater?

Yes, we will require audiences to remain properly masked AT ALL TIMES in all parts of our venues, including the lobby, performance spaces, restrooms, etc.

Will audiences be required to be vaccinated?

Yes, we will require that all audience members attending our plays be fully vaccinated and present valid proof of ID. Although current public health department guidance does not require proof of vaccination for indoor gatherings, we believe that requiring patrons to be vaccinated is the most prudent approach given our current understanding of the science. As a result, we will ask patrons to affirm and to be prepared to demonstrate their vaccination status as well as provide valid proof of ID. We will continue to follow the evolving body of scientific knowledge about the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus and the public health implications, and we reserve the right to revise our policies accordingly.

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

If you are unable to attend your scheduled performance, we will offer free exchanges throughout the 2021/22 season – no questions asked. Please contact the Lantern Box Office at boxoffice@lanterntheater.org or 215.829.0395 to exchange your tickets for another performance of the same play. We must hear from you BEFORE the performance date and time listed on your ticket.

Will the Lantern sell beverages and concessions or allow patrons to eat in our building?

No. We will require that patrons remain masked. We are aware that Americans are unmasking at restaurants, but we are more comfortable taking the precaution of not selling concessions throughout the 2021/22 season.

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.

What policy changes has the Lantern made during Covid-19?

  • We have updated our air ventilation system to achieve multiple air-changes per hour.
  • Our staff members have worked from home, and many will continue to so throughout the 2021/22 season.
  • We have developed a hybrid approach to rehearsals and production, combining virtual and in-person work.
  • We are monitoring temperatures and symptoms of all staff, casts, and crews entering our in-person workspaces.
  • We are masking in our theater building, and we continue to minimize the staff and crew required to safely rehearse and create our productions.
  • During in-person work in the 2021/22 season, we are conducting rapid-antigen testing up to three times per week.
  • We achieved 100% vaccination of Lantern staff by June 1, 2021, and we will require that 100% of casts and crews in our 2021/22 season be fully vaccinated.
Will the Lantern stream filmed versions of the plays being produced live on stage?

It depends. Our mainstage subscription plays 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 plays being produced on stages for live audiences. During the first 18 months or so of the pandemic, AEA has made temporary provision for limited streaming. This has served well to increase accessibility of stage plays 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 conditions permit us to stream future productions, we will announce them here on our website and by email; for the latest updates, make sure you're on our mailing list.

Have 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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