In a decision certain to reverberate through a theater world that is wrestling with how to proceed in the face of the global coronavirus pandemic, Yale Repertory Theatre announced Tuesday the cancellation of its entire 2020-2021 season.
The announcement from Yale Rep, one of the leading regional theaters in the country, follows the news early last month that the Guthrie Theatre in Minneapolis will postpone the start of its season to March 2021.
Yale Rep cited “the ongoing incompatibility of theatrical production with best public health practices in response to COVID-19.’’ The Yale School of Drama also will not produce any shows in 2020-21, and the drama school’s three-year MFA program will be extended temporarily to a fourth year “to best meet and overcome the current and inevitable future disruptions of the pandemic,’’ according to the announcement.
“The coronavirus pandemic demands of us that we slow down as never before, to care for our community while bringing our best selves to theater training,’’ said James Bundy, artistic director at Yale Rep and dean of the drama school, along with three other leaders, in a statement.
“At the same time, the state of our nation and field calls us more urgently than ever to continuous work toward anti-racist pedagogy and practice, in order to prepare our graduates to lead in a more just and joyful profession for which we must altogether take responsibility now.’’