Making Theater and Attending Performances During Covid-19
The health and safety of our employees, our theater artists, and our audiences are our highest priority – prior to Covid-19 as well as now. We remain committed to operating our theater company and to hosting audiences in ways that ensure that everyone is confident that we are all safe and comfortable in the theater.
At present, this commitment means that we will require that masks be worn by staff and audiences at all Lantern Theater Company performances during the 2021/22 season. In addition, we will require that all eligible audience members, including children over the age of 12, be fully vaccinated. All Lantern staff members are fully vaccinated, and we are requiring all artists participating in our 2021/22 season productions to be fully vaccinated as well.
Since winter 2020, we have all become avid readers of everything related to Covid-19, from the molecular biology of coronaviruses to the best practices for testing our employees and cleaning our facilities. At the Lantern, we committed to follow and have assiduously implemented the health and safety protocols of the Centers for Disease Control, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the City of Philadelphia, and unions applicable to our productions, including Actors' Equity Association (AEA) and Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA).
Changes to our practice since theaters closed in March 2020 include:
We will continue to educate ourselves about federal, state, and municipal public health guidance.
Questions and Answers about the Lantern's 2021/22 Season
Will audiences be required to wear masks at the theater?
Yes, we will require audiences to remain masked in all parts of our building, including the lobby, the performance space, the public restrooms, etc.
Will audiences be required to be vaccinated?
Yes, we will require that all eligible audience members attending our plays, including children over the age of 12, be fully vaccinated. Although current public health department guidance does not require proof of vaccination for indoor gatherings, we believe that requiring eligible 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. 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. If an audience member chooses not to comply with our policy or is unable to do so for any reason, we will refund their ticket purchase.
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.
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 during the 2021/22 season.
Will the Lantern stream filmed versions of the plays being produced live on stage?
It depends. Our mainstage subscription series plays are produced under Actors' Equity Association (AEA) contracts. Prior to Covid-19, AEA contracts did not permit or make economic provision for 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.
Certain non-mainstage plays, including our Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, are presented under different terms, and we are likely to offer a streaming option for this production in December 2021 (as we did last December).
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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.
Lantern Theater Company respectfully acknowledges that it is situated on Lenapehoking, the ancestral and spiritual homeland of the Unami Lenape.