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Ed. Note: Kennedy Center and Ford’s Theatre will join All Souls and Bedrock Billiards, Suns Cinema, Black Cat and 9:30 Club, ThinkFoodGroup, Showtime, area theatres, The Pug, Public Option, 1310 Kitchen & Bar, Ivy and Coney, Pitchers/ALOHA some fitness studios (including VIDA) and Danny Meyer’s restaurants which previously announced the same or similar.

From a press release:

“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and Ford’s Theatre, both examples of public/private partnerships in the nation’s capital, will be joining performing arts venues in the Washington, D.C. region and around the country, to provide a safer return to full-capacity, indoor performances this fall by requiring that all audience members be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The new policy also includes a vaccine mandate for all artists, staff, ushers, and volunteers. Read More

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Thanks to Nora for passing on from Shakespeare Theatre Company:

“Theatres across the greater Washington, D.C. area have united to provide the highest level of public safety for their audiences, staff, and volunteers by requiring that their audiences provide proof of vaccination to attend all live public performances at their indoor venues.

Shakespeare Theatre Company is partnering in this unprecedented effort with Arena Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Constellation Theatre Company, GALA Hispanic Theatre, The Keegan Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Synetic Theater, Theater J, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Read More

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From a press release:

“Broadway at The National will present an eight-show 2021/2022 season this fall when the celebrated subscription series returns to D.C.’s National Theatre – the nation’s oldest venue still presenting touring Broadway.

The four-show Broadway at The National subscription series kicks off in December of 2021 and is set to include TOOTSIE, PRETTY WOMAN: THE MUSICAL, COME FROM AWAY, and HAIRSPRAY. Season specials can be added to any package, including HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, THE SIMON & GARFUNKEL STORY, ALTON BROWN: BEYOND THE EATS, and RENT – THE 25TH ANNIVERSARY FAREWELL TOUR. Read More

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From the Kennedy Center:

“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the nation’s performing arts center as designated by Congress, today announced plans for its much-anticipated 50th Anniversary season, slated to begin in September 2021 with a grand reopening of its stages and campus and culminate in September 2022 with a fresh interpretation of the seminal work that opened the Center in 1971, Leonard Bernstein’s MASS. In addition to a celebratory reactivation of the Kennedy Center’s campus in mid-September, including an opening concert curated and hosted by Michael Tilson Thomas, the Center will unveil two immersive, interactive exhibits, and a new life-sized statue of John F. Kennedy on the grounds of the REACH. Read More

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From the Mayor’s Office:

“Mayor Muriel Bowser and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) announced the Bridge Fund, a $100 million investment in businesses and workers grappling with the COVID-19 public health emergency in the hospitality, entertainment, and retail sectors. Read More

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From the Kennedy Center:

“The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces today that it will cancel all previously scheduled programs through April 25, 2021, due to the ongoing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Additionally, Washington National Opera’s spring productions and much of the late spring and early summer touring theater programs have been canceled. During this period, the Center will offer an extremely limited number (20 or fewer) of in-person performances, as conditions allow, and expand its online offerings with a new platform called Digital Stage+–a free benefit for donors, members, and subscribers–while continuing to develop robust arts education content for students across the country. These most recent cancelations in 2021 represent 384 ticketed events and a financial loss of $24.1 million for the institution, plus an additional $7 to $8 million of revenue from programs that had not yet been announced. Combined with the fall cancelations in excess of $50 million, the total earned revenue loss for FY21 now stands at over $80 million. Read More

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From a press release:

“How can we create something “together” when we’re not…”together”? Join over 25 local actors as they leverage the powers of their technology, immediate surroundings, and quarantine partners to bring you Shakespeare’s quick-witted comedy of love, miscommunication, forgiveness, and hope. Each act of ​Much Ado About Nothing​ will be released serially on YouTube starting Friday, May 15 at 7pm. Read More

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