Nope, this isn’t a story from 2019. Comedian Dave Chappelle will indeed perform two nights of live stand-up to full houses at Foxwoods.
To catch the shows — each with a capacity of 3,600 — ticket holders just need to pass rapid antigen tests administered at the door. And, obviously, everyone will need to keep their masks on. It’s all very 2021.
Tickets go on sale at noon on March 26 for Dave Chappelle and Friends June 25 and 26 at The Grand Theater at Foxwoods Resort Casino. They are priced $99 to $349. Chappelle shows tended to sell out in a matter of minutes before the pandemic, so plan accordingly.
The Chappelle dates will mark the first antigen-testing-at-the-door events at Foxwoods in Mashantucket, Conn. Representatives of the venue were unable to confirm whether they’ll be the first in New England. But the pre-show screenings still appear to be rare. In mid-December, a concert in Barcelona made international headlines for field-testing some pre-concert antigen technology on a crowd of 500 music-lovers.
Here’s how it will work at Foxwoods:
Each ticket holder will receive a mandatory rapid COVID-19 antigen test prior to entering the venue. Vaccinated guests are not exempt. No information was available on whether tests would involve nasal swabs. If someone in your group tests positive, you and your whole crew will be sent home, with tickets refunded. If your entire group is negative, everyone can go inside wearing masks.
To cut down on contact with ticket tellers, the events are mobile-entry only. If you purchase through Ticketmaster, tickets will show up on the Ticketmaster app. If you purchase through Foxwoods, tickets will be e-mailed to you.
After that, all phones must go inside Yondr pouches, which remain locked but in your possession for the duration of the show. The pouches prevent audience members from recording and sharing Chappelle’s original material. The Grammy winner, Emmy winner, and recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor has insisted on Yondr for all shows since 2015, according to The New York Times.
For details, visit www.foxwoods.com/dave-chappelle