Dear Friends of 4th Line Theatre,
The past almost two months have been gut wrenching. These are times unlike anything I have ever experienced in my life. In February, I could not imagine that our 2020 season would not proceed as planned, but as we all know, so much has changed in a few weeks.
As such, the Board of Directors met last night, April 27th, to discuss the 2020 summer season. It is with a heavy heart that I have to let you know that we decided to postpone the first show of the 2020 summer. We now plan to open our 2021 season with The Great Shadow, written by Alex Poch-Goldin and directed by Deb Williams. I am devastated to have to tell you this news. I am heart sick for all the artists who will be affected by this decision. The most important priority of the company is to ensure that everyone who comes to 4th Line Theatre is safe and protected and that the theatre is following all provincial regulations. And that is the framework we used to make this difficult decision.
I know so many people were excited to see Alex’s latest offering after his incredible work in creating The Bad Luck Bank Robbers and The Right Road to Pontypool. But never fear, you will have the opportunity to see this amazing show very soon.
As for the second show in the 2020 summer season, Maja Ardal’s Wishful Seeing, the Board of Directors has decided to wait a bit longer to make a decision about this world premiere production and its run in August 2020. The Board of Directors will make a decision in late May as to how it will proceed with producing Wishful Seeing. I will be in touch with you again in about a month to update you once more.
Everyone who has tickets for The Great Shadow in 2020 will have a credit in their account for 2021 for the production.
Like yours, our lives have been turned upside down. Our work has stopped, and for a charitable organization like the 4th Line, that means we no longer have a source of income. If you are wondering how you can help us, please know that we are always willing to accept and grateful to receive gifts of support.
We will continue to develop artistic programming in the coming weeks and months including our upcoming online artistic talks and staged readings.
I know many people’s lives have been shattered by this pandemic and please know that I am thinking about all of our loyal audience members during this time. In the not so distant future, I know we will meet again to partake in great theatre under a beautiful Ontario sky.