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Updated (Feb. 25, 2022): SpeakEasy and the Calderwood Pavilion have extended our COVID-19 vaccination and mask requirements through the end of our 2021-22 Season.
New for The Inheritance: concessions will now be available for purchase during the two intermissions. Please remember that all patrons, regardless of age, must present proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or a recent negative test (PCR test within 72 hours, Antigen test within 24 hours) in order to enter the theatre. Masks must also be worn at all times in our building, except when you are actively eating and drinking.
SpeakEasy Stage is proud to join a coalition of Greater Boston area theatre companies which will now require proof of vaccination, staff members, and audiences who attend live, indoor performances at their institutions. Masks will be required inside the theatres as well, except for artists while performing on stage.
Until further notice: All patrons, regardless of age, must present proof of full vaccination for COVID-19 or a recent negative test (PCR test within 72 hours, Antigen test within 24 hours) in order to enter the theatre.
“Requiring proof of vaccination is the best way for us as a community to reopen responsibly,” says Paul Daigneault, SpeakEasy Stage Company Producing Artistic Director. “It will allow us to move forward and ensure everyone’s safety – audiences, artists, and theatre staff alike.”
These policies will be in place now at coalition theatre companies through October 31, 2021 (in alignment with Broadway’s current policies), and will be reevaluated as the situation evolves. The regulations are based on CDC guidance and have been developed in consultation with public health officials. Other theaters participating in the coalition as of this writing are:
Today’s announcement reflects a collective commitment by area theaters to continue to prioritize public safety as live, indoor performances resume in the region amid concerns around the rise in COVID-19 cases in the US.
We care deeply about the wellbeing and safety of our audiences, artists, and staff, and have been closely monitoring the evolving CDC guidance on COVID and its impact on our local community. For the safety and comfort of all who attend our shows, we are implementing the following protocols:
All patrons, regardless of age*, must present proof of vaccination or a recent negative test (PCR test within 72 hours, Antigen test within 24 hours) in order to enter the theatre. Proof of vaccination can be easily provided by:
CDC-compliant Masks must be worn at all times in all areas of the theatre. If on the day of the performance you are experiencing any COVID symptoms, please stay home and contact ticketing services for more information about exchanges or digital viewing options.
We will continue to evaluate and update these policies as the situation evolves. For the most up-to-date information on our health and safety policies and season shows, check back at this page. If you have any questions, please contact Jim Torres.
*Children under the age of 12 may show proof of one dose of a COVID vaccine administered at least 14 days before the performance through February 15, 2022, after which full vaccination will be required for all eligible ages.
The recent announcements that theatres in New York City, Washington, DC, and Chicago have established similar policies around requiring proof of vaccination or negative COVID test and mask wearing, combined with the current results of the Audience Outlook Monitor survey, gives SpeakEasy and the other Greater Boston theatre companies increased confidence in implementing these measures.
The Audience Outlook Monitor is a longitudinal survey run nationally by consultants Wolf-Brown and sponsored locally by ArtsBoston, that has been regularly providing Greater Boston arts organizations with data about audience perceptions, concerns, and intentions during the pandemic. It has been a vital tool for arts groups in developing their plans, policies, and communications strategies.
In the most recent round of survey data collected August 9 – 13, 2021, 78% of audience members who responded indicated that proof of vaccination would make them more likely to attend indoor events, and 51% said that proof of vaccination or negative COVID test is a prerequisite for their attendance.
In June 2021, 18% of survey respondents said they wouldn’t attend an indoor event that week, but the figure more than doubled to 39% in the recent round of surveys. In other words, almost 20% of this “demand” evaporated between June and August, reflecting the rising level of concern of audience members and the need for theatres to take steps towards ensuring their safety and comfort.