Last Update: March 12, 2020 @ 3:00PM
In light of the latest news about the coronavirus (COVID-19) and following a great deal of consideration, Red Eye has made the difficult decision to postpone the opening of Theo Langason’s Welcome Home//Home Edition until Fall 2020.
We make this decision not out of panic, but out of cautious care for our community, including for our elders and those with compromised immune systems. Although Minnesota has not seen many cases of infection yet, the numbers are growing, and many prominent public health experts and activists are advocating for social distancing to slow the spread. Although this performance is intended for small audiences, we believe it is our responsibility to help mitigate the spread of this pandemic in any way that we can. Welcome Home//Home Edition has been scheduled to take place in private homes across the Twin Cities, and we do not wish to put our hosts and their families at risk by bringing audiences into their spaces. Additionally, this piece is designed to be interactive, inviting audiences to be in direct contact with Langason and with each other. Rather than compromise the work’s integrity by removing this central element or livestreaming what is intended to be an intimate embodied experience, we have determined that postponing is the best way forward.
Those who already purchased tickets will be contacted by the Red Eye box office shortly with options for refunding, transferring, or donating their reservations.
Please also note that Red Eye is committed to ensuring the artists and staff who have been working on this production do not lose income that they had been counting on. As we take care of them in this vital way despite the loss of ticket sales, please consider making a donation to Red Eye this month. Gifts can be made online at GiveMN.org or mailed to Red Eye Theater, PO Box 80666, Minneapolis, MN 55408.
Finally, we look forward to connecting with you and sharing new content online in the weeks to come--stay tuned here, on our email list, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for details. At this time, the New Works 4 Weeks Festival scheduled for May 28-June 21 at In the Heart of the Beast Puppet & Mask Theatre will move forward as planned, but of course we will monitor public health developments closely between now and then.
Thank you for being an important part of the Red Eye community, and please take care!
Theo Langason, Rachel Jendrzejewski, Jeffrey Wells, Emily Gastineau,
Andrew Dolan, Valerie Oliveiro, and Hayley Finn
Red Eye Artistic Directors