Stepping Out

Outbreak prompts TheatreWorks to cancel 'Moon,' postpone 'Ragtime'

Photos by Kevin Berne/Special to the Town Crier
TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has canceled its remaining performances of “They Promised Her the Moon,” above, and has postponed its upcoming production of “Ragtime.”

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley has canceled its current production, “They Promised Her the Moon,” and plans to reschedule its next show, “Ragtime.”

In a press release issued Thursday, the theater company explained that the decisions were made “due to rising concerns about the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus) and in accordance to the (California) Department of Public Health’s updated policy suspending gatherings of 250 people or more.”

The Northern California premiere of “Moon,” which started its run March 4 at Palo Alto’s Lucie Stern Theatre, was scheduled to run through March 29.

“Ragtime,” originally scheduled to run April 1 through May 3 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts, is being moved to next year. Because rehearsals are underway and sets and costumes are in production, TheatreWorks intends to present the musical in April 2021 – in place of the previously announced “Man of La Mancha,” according to the release.

“The safety and security of our theatregoers and our community of theatre makers is our highest priority,” TheatreWorks executive director Phil Santora said in the release. “By scheduling ‘Ragtime’ next year, we can ensure that as many people as possible will have the chance to experience this important show.”

TheatreWorks still plans to close its 50th season with the regional premiere of “The Book of Will,” slated to run June 3-28 at the Lucie Stern Theatre. That production will mark founding artistic director Robert Kelley’s final show before retiring from the company he founded half a century ago.

The release noted that patrons with tickets to future performances of “Moon” and “Ragtime” will be contacted by the TheatreWorks box office with options to exchange their tickets for “The Book of Will” or any of the shows in TheatreWorks’ 2020-2021 season or donate their ticket value to support TheatreWorks. Other options also are available.

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