A MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19 FROM THE ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL




Dear community, friends, and family,

It is with peace and solidarity that we announce the postponement of our summer 2020 season of Love's Labor's Lost, Titus Andronicus, and Cyrano de Bergerac, to summer of 2021. We know when our company brings these stories to life on our stage, it will be with more joy, passion, and triumph than we can fathom.

In Greek the word for theatre means a place where people are gathering to see. We uniquely feel the stress of the COVID-19 crisis because our primary reason-for-being requires people to be present all at once together to fulfill our mission. The deep human need to connect with each other through live storytelling is at once the reason theatre is integral to civilization and the reason we must suspend during this time.

At ISF, we see and share the impact this pandemic has on our community. We are a community of small businesses. We are a community of generous hearts and hands helping where we can. We are a community of vulnerable demographics who need us all to do our part to flatten the curve. Whether or not it is unadvised to gather this summer, we do not feel it would be right to risk the safety of our artists and audience by convening. We feel the focus of our community is desperately needed elsewhere. We know we will serve a necessary role in healing, and we look forward and will continue to prepare for that time.

Right now, efforts are focused on the frontline. We intend to be of service as we can. If you feel inspired to help support us during this time, we thank you from our deepest depths, ensuring that when this crisis passes, we will continue to serve our mission with humility and gratitude.

With love, Olena Hodges | Artistic Director



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A MESSAGE ABOUT COVID-19 FROM THE ISLAND SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL



Dear community, friends, and family,

It is with peace and solidarity that we announce the postponement of our summer 2020 season of Love's Labor's Lost, Titus Andronicus, and Cyrano de Bergerac, to summer of 2021. We know when our company brings these stories to life on our stage, it will be with more joy, passion, and triumph than we can fathom.

In Greek the word for theatre means a place where people are gathering to see. We uniquely feel the stress of the COVID-19 crisis because our primary reason-for-being requires people to be present all at once together to fulfill our mission. The deep human need to connect with each other through live storytelling is at once the reason theatre is integral to civilization and the reason we must suspend during this time.

At ISF, we see and share the impact this pandemic has on our community. We are a community of small businesses. We are a community of generous hearts and hands helping where we can. We are a community of vulnerable demographics who need us all to do our part to flatten the curve. Whether or not it is unadvised to gather this summer, we do not feel it would be right to risk the safety of our artists and audience by convening. We feel the focus of our community is desperately needed elsewhere. We know we will serve a necessary role in healing, and we look forward and will continue to prepare for that time.

Right now, efforts are focused on the frontline. We intend to be of service as we can. If you feel inspired to help support us during this time, we thank you from our deepest depths, ensuring that when this crisis passes, we will continue to serve our mission with humility and gratitude.

With love, Olena Hodges | Artistic Director

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