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Season Update: May 1, 2021
We are elated to share great news with you! Please enjoy this video greeting above, from Charles Fee, Producing Artistic Director.
We are feeling positive and excited, with a new plan and unfolding details to share. Knowing that everything can change in a moment, we solicit your high hopes and well-grounded expectations, through the following plan to reopen the amphitheater.
Bringing devoted patrons and company members together at long last, we plan to open the 2021 summer season on July 8th with Anthony Shaffer’s classic thriller, Sleuth. At the same time, an all-new production of Shakespeare’s valedictory and wholly-original play, The Tempest, will go into rehearsal and open once Sleuth has completed its run. A perfect celebration of the “brave new world” of live performance, The Tempest will bear us on wings borne of the Bard’s inspiring wisdom, deep experience, and gratifying wit. Closing the season in September, we bring a fresh look at an audience favorite, the roaring romp through all of the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)!
“Why only three plays,” you might ask, “and only one title carried from the season announced last fall?” With performances trimmed from 99 to 59, and safety at the heart of planning, we need to reduce the size and scale of the season to best support the health of the company, as well as position new protocols to secure artistic and fiscal strength for the future.
As always, we are planning with the current safety guidelines top-of-mind. COVID protocols are evolving and we will adapt to new guidance moving forward. Communication will also be top-of-mind for each time you visit the amphitheater, safeguarding the pleasure and joy that gathering under Idaho’s summer skies provides, while experiencing “great theater in the great outdoors!”
Here’s the flow of an evening at ISF, as we currently see it: You’ll enter the grounds, with a pause at the box office, and head for William Shakespeare Park, bringing your picnic or visiting Sarah and David Kelly at the new Café Shakespeare by Act 3. You’ll choose a secluded picnic area, a spaced table on the patio or in the lobby, or spread a blanket on the grass of the Clark-Roberts Green, or the Cottonwood Dell, or nestle down onto one of the sandstone sitting walls throughout the Reserve for an incredible Shakespeare, pre-show, across-the-landscape, distanced party! At curtain time you will pack away your picnic, don your favorite ISF mask, and come into the amphitheater for another celebration!
If you are a current ticket holder, here’s what you can do now: Click here to fill out our re-booking form to indicate your preferences and assist the box office staff, whose representatives are poised and ready to facilitate this feat. We will begin processing current ticket holders now, in the order you originally booked. We will email all ticket-holders with more details, and raise a cheer to your being ready for your own personal head start!
New ticket Sales?
In June, we then plan to re-open sales for new ticket purchases once we have completed re-booking all current ticketholders.
Ever and endless thanks! We could not have gotten through this year without you and your steadfast support.
We cannot wait to welcome you back to the amphitheater!
Health and safety is our priority and we will be working closely in collaboration with health and safety professionals, who will continue to guide us in the weeks and months ahead. The safety of our audience, cast, crew, and community is an ever-fixed star. It does not alter when it alteration finds; and, indeed, remains uppermost in thought.