COVID-19, upcoming performances, and community care Mar 10, 2020

by Betsey Brock

Art and artists are more valuable than ever in times of community challenge or crisis. Art inspires, provides respite, room for reflection, sparks conversation, AND entertains and brings joy. Investing in art, artists, and ideas is central to what we do at On the Boards. Bringing community together, and connecting artists and audiences is at our core.

These artists still need you, and we need you!

We're currently on a 72-hour decision cycle regarding COVID-19 changes in plans. Rachel, our Artistic Director, and I check in daily with OtB artists and staff to share news and coordinate response regarding the coronavirus, hoping to remain nimble and respond to the most current information.

Here are some things to know:

At this time, On the Boards remains open and we will continue presenting scheduled events for the foreseeable future.
We are moving forward, as scheduled, with production work, planning, and performances of Timothy White Eagle's The Violet Symphony(Mar 19 - 22, 2020) and with Markeith Wiley's Working (Undecided Title), (Apr 9 - 12, 2020.) Both of these performances have limited capacity -- we urge you to purchase your tickets now!

For these upcoming performances -- as well as for the Studio Supper with chef Monica Dimas on opening night, March 19th, know that we are:

  • Implementing additional disinfection measures across all areas of our building, with special focus on high-traffic areas and objects that are regularly touched (including door knobs, counters/tables, and elevator keypads)
  • Cleaning and disinfecting armrests and theater seats between performances
  • Hand sanitizer will be available at the bar, bathrooms, box office, and theater entrances 

We've got our ear to the ground for further developments or any public health mandates, and for this reason, we recommend that you check your email, our website, and/or our social media channels for the latest information about an event you are planning to attend.

Meanwhile, On the Boards staff, many of whom are telecommuting if it is feasible, are adhering to the following guidelines, and we invite you to join us:

  • Please stay home if you are included in a high-risk category.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Wash your hands first thing when you get home, and first thing when you arrive where you're going.
  • Cough into a tissue or your elbow, and avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
  • Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects within your home (like doorknobs and light switches). Regular household cleaners are effective.
  • Get plenty of rest, drink plenty of fluids, eat healthy foods, and manage your stress to keep your immunity strong.

Finally, we encourage everyone to read these recommendations from the King County Public Health Department and the Centers for Disease Control for reducing the risk of COVID-19 infection for ourselves and others. 

To your continued good health,

Betsey Brock
Executive Director, On the Boards

PS. Even if you ARE preventatively self-quarantining, (and THANK YOU for taking COVID-19 seriously. We see you and appreciate you) I hope you will consider making a donation to an organization that has cancelled a performance, public program or fundraiser. The margin arts nonprofits are operating in is thin; and COVID-19 has had a significant impact on box offices and general revenues in our community.