Expect pandemic precautions in local theaters. Masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccines are required at most local theaters, said Melissa Taylor, executive director of Reno Little Theater.
“This is what we are doing in all theaters right now,” she said. “We care about our community. That’s what it’s about.
Taylor said that if an actor fell with coronavirus disease, production would stop.
“We want to be able to do what we do and we want it to be as safe as possible,” she added.
RLT is one of the last local theaters to start new production now that vaccines are widely available. The Brüka theater is finishing a production of “Waiting for Godot” this weekend.
“Guests of the Brüka Theater will be required to show proof of vaccination upon entering the theater and they must be fully vaccinated with a vaccine approved by the FDA or WHO,” said Mary Bennet of Brüka. “This means that guests have to wait at least two weeks after their last photos to attend a performance.
“As vaccination has proven to be the most effective way to maintain good health and reduce transmission, the Brüka Theater has decided to implement these guarantees for the health and well-being of our community. “
Good Luck Macbeth also requires proof of a vaccine or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering the theater. GLM, which aired “The Colony” in late August and September, is producing “Nightmare on Taylor Street: Wet & Screaming!” for a start date of October 15.
“The public will need to bring a physical copy of their vaccination card or a photo of your vaccination card,” the GLM website says. “The completion date on the vaccination card should be at least two weeks prior to the date of the show the client wishes to attend. “
The Restless Artists Theater (RAT) also requires that customers be vaccinated. Masks are compulsory except for actors on stage. RAT welcomes “Emile” from October 29 but has relaunched productions this summer.
“Every customer, artist and staff will be required to present a valid COVID vaccination card indicating their positive vaccine status,” RAT noted on its website. “We hate it, but we think it’s the only way to keep everyone safe! “
Taylor said RLT spent time fundraising and thinking about the future of theater.
“We used the time to really consider the art we were making, the stories we were telling, what kind of legacy we want to have and how we want to be as community theater,” she said.
RLT’s first production since March 2020 demonstrates a renewed vision. “The Thanksgiving Play,” written by Larissa FastHorse and directed by Dwight George, features people of color playing white characters.
George discusses the play in the video below.
Bob Conrad is publisher, editor and co-founder of This Is Reno. He has held communications positions for various state agencies and received a PhD from the University of Nevada at Reno in 2011, where he completed a thesis on social media, journalism, and crisis communication. In addition to managing This Is Reno, he holds a part-time position with the Mineral County University of Nevada extension office.