An Olympia theater company has postponed its live performances until March, citing an increase in COVID-19 cases.
Harlequin Productions, which presents its shows at the State Theater at 202 Fourth Ave. E., announced the postponement on Wednesday. His next production, “Murder for Two”, will now run from March 11 to April 2 rather than January 21 to February 19.
Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame”, which was set to take place in March, has been canceled.
In a press release, Harlequin Artistic Director Aaron Lamb said it would be too dangerous for productions to continue during the surge in cases.
“We hope that this passes quickly and that we will be able to produce work regularly in the future,” Lamb said in a press release. “Our community has been without Real for too long. Live. Theater. We hope we can come back to it without a break shortly. “
The decision came as Thurston County confirmed a record 1,658 new cases of COVID-19 from December 27 to January 2. Disease activity appears to be on the rise as the most transmissible Omicron variant quickly spread across the country.
Harlequin subscribers and single ticket holders affected by the postponement will be reissued tickets for new dates in March. The company’s box office will send out the new tickets by February 1, according to the press release.
Ticket holders who may need to reschedule can contact the box office by email, at [email protected], or by phone at 360-786-0151. Hours of operation are noon to 5.30 p.m. Tuesday to Friday.
Following the rescheduling, “Murder for Two” will run for four weeks instead of five weeks in March. Those with tickets for the fifth week of production will be offered several options through an online form, including a full refund.
Customers have until March 1 to complete the form or contact the box office directly, the statement said. Tickets will be automatically refunded after this date.
No staff will be placed on leave during the deferral period, the statement said. Rehearsals and other production activities will resume at the end of February.
Society describes “Murder for two“ like a murder mystery musical in which two actors “play all the characters investigating a heinous crime”. The production will star actors Katherine Strohmaier and Jon Lutyens.