Dear Patrons & Friends of Auburn Public Theater,

It is rare for us to share such a long message, and we promise that after today this will not be a habit. But, we felt that it was important to communicate fully, openly, and honestly about our new reality. So, here we go:

Out of an abundance of concern and care for our patrons, performers, and community, and given the evolving state of our public health crisis and the State of Emergency declared by Governor Cuomo, Auburn Public Theater has decided that the only responsible course of action is to close our doors effective immediately through April 13.

This is a difficult decision for a performing arts organization, but we all must do our part to “flatten the curve.” The “Public” in our name is at the core of who we are, Auburn Public Theater is a true community space, a place where all are welcome. As a place that holds the whole community in its heart, we are morally called upon to lead in this time of uncertainty, and continue what we have always aimed to do: to act in the best interest of our whole community.

New dates for shows that were originally scheduled to occur through April 13 are being worked out with the performers, we will let you know as soon as we have those dates, and they will be updated on our website and Facebook. All previously purchased tickets will be honored for the new dates.

Because we will be closed to the public effective immediately, this means that there will be no Classic Films, Tuesday Nite Mic, Schweinfurth Art Center Film, box office hours, after school classes and youth programs, or any rental events. We are working with our friends at the Schweinfurth and with our rental partners to reschedule all events at a later date. The Classic Film schedule will resume where left off whenever it is safe to reopen our doors.

With that said, just because our doors won’t be open, does not mean that we will stop serving our public. Join us for free, online, for the best in local, regional, & national performing arts.

We had our first livestream show this past weekend, thank you to everyone who joined us on Facebook Live. Our next “live event” will be a shorter, private “open mic” on Tuesday night. Join us online this Tuesday March 17 at 7pm for APT’s last “Tuesday Nite Mic” at the theater. Hear from our Executive Director, Carey Eidel, who has been the M.C. for our Tuesday Nite Mic since it began almost 14 years ago. There will also be a special guest reading from the leader of our Public Poetry group, Jim Ellis. This event is not open to the public and it is not open to family & friends of the theater either, it will only be available online.

To watch on Tuesday night, you can join us at 7pm on Facebook Live. Follow us on Facebook to always know when we are posting a free digital show via Facebook Live or a Facebook Watch Party.

This will not be our last digital event. For as long as this situation lasts, and as long as we are able, we will continue to provide our community with the best in the performing arts. Here is how:

We are working with artists to provide our community with free performances, practices, possibly even workshops/tutorials, & Q&A’s safely from their homes. These will be shared via Facebook Live or via Facebook Watch Parties, with real-time visual interaction on Facebook Live and real-time interaction via comments from our performers and staff on Facebook Watch Parties. Afterwards, all of this content will be shared on Auburn Public Theater’s Youtube Channel, this email newsletter, and archived on our Facebook page.

We do not wish to spam your email, so our plan is to contact you twice a week via email: the first email will share the week’s schedule of digital events, and the second email will share youtube links after the events are over. Though the events will be free, we will provide a donation link for Auburn Public Theater, and online links for how to support the artists (merch, music downloads, Patreon accounts, etc.) with each event. We understand this is a precarious time, and this is one small way we can help both artists and the theater.

Our Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter will have posts daily with not only the events, but also the upcoming schedule, news/updates & fun video archives from the past. Follow us on our social platforms to enjoy this free content.

Please always feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions, concerns, suggestions. And as always, thank you for your support and for being a valued member of our community. Because of you, we are.

In Solidarity & With Love,

The Staff of Auburn Public Theater

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