Stage West is happy to welcome audiences and artists back to Vickery Blvd for theatrical entertainment, great eats and drinks, education, thought-provoking conversations, and community. While the pandemic is not yet fully in the rearview, we at Stage West are committed to responsibly producing live theatre for the community. Throughout the coming months, we beg your patience and understanding as we navigate this ever-shifting and frustrating moment in history. Much is outside of our control. Please know that each decision we make is with the best intentions and reflects countless hours of discussion, weighing a myriad of variables and scenarios. We are human-beings doing our best to “make lemonade.” That said, we have an amazing line-up to share with you!! Following are some protocols currently in place. Please familiarize yourself with them. We will update them as they shift…because one thing has become crystal clear: they will shift.
Introducing Safe Sundays:
All Sunday performances will be vaccine-mandatory for the remainder of the 21/22 season. To attend these performances you must show proof of being fully vaccinated* (Pfizer and Moderna 2 doses, Johnson & Johnson 1 dose) upon entering the building. Masks will continue to be required as well. In the event that the classification of “fully vaccinated” changes to include boosters, the policy will shift to that new CDC rule.
Stage West currently requires that staff and visitors wear masks at all times inside the building. This is critical to keeping our unmasked performers safe. Our production teams undergo regular testing to check for Covid-19. If at any time a production team member tests positive, they are not able to rejoin the team until they are negative again, in accordance with Stage West’s contract with Actors’ Equity Association (AEA), the union for professional actors and stage managers. Having even one member of the team out, especially an actor, means the entire production shuts down until all test negative. Our actors perform mask-free in order to deliver an excellent theatrical experience. Therefore, in an All-In effort to keep our performers healthy, during High and Substantial Transmission periods (Levels Red and Orange), we require that all present must wear a mask to cover mouth and nose at all times. The one exception for guests is during active consumption of food and beverages while in the Lobby Cafe, and drinks while in the theatre. Masks must be kept on at all times except for a dip down for a quick sip of a beverage. Actively holding a glass is not the same as actively drinking. This "dip down" will be demonstrated during curtain speeches. Any violators of this simple rule will be asked to leave.
Absolutely no contact between the production teams (actors, stage managers) and audience members is allowed at any time due to the AEA restrictions. No public is allowed backstage at any time. Audience may not wait after performances to speak with production team members. Any mingling between audience and performers on Stage West property could result in the production being shut down.
In an effort to combat community spread of the novel coronavirus within Stage West, the following measures have been put in place:
- All HVAC systems have undergone a complete testing and balancing process and have been fitted with MERV filters.
- New air circulation is set to six times per hour. However, re-circulation is necessary to ensure low-humidity and general temperature comfort. Therefore, all public spaces’ HVAC ducts have been fitted with UV-C lights.
- Stage West now has a touch-free ticket system. Those wishing to participate need only screen-capture or print the QR code tickets received via email and proceed directly to the theatre space, bypassing a wait at the box office.
- All public-use areas (seating, doors, bathrooms, tables, etc.) will be cleaned before audience arrival and after the last audience member leaves with an electrostatic disinfectant system to combat any remaining virus on surfaces. All production-related surfaces (dressing rooms, hand-props, set, and backstage areas) will receive before/after-use cleaning as well.
- Audience members experiencing any Covid-19 symptoms will be asked to stay home and reschedule.
- Each of the first few productions (at least) will be professionally filmed and available to stream as an alternative to seeing the plays in person.
- Safe Sundays: All Sunday performances will require proof of vaccination from all attendees.
At this time, Broadway and many of our fellow regional theatres are requiring vaccination cards or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of curtain for admission. Full community cooperation will hopefully help us to steer clear of these measures. The situation remains fluid. Thank you for your role in bringing great live theatre back to North Texas. One day, this will all be behind us. Until then, the shows will go on, one way or another!