UPDATE (3/23/2020): After a fantastic Facebook Live Sneak Peek of The Light on Tuesday (see below for the video!), it is with a heavy heart and determination to return that we are writing to announce the changes to the rest of our season. For the safety of Horizon’s patrons, donors, artists and staff, Horizon Theatre is delaying the opening of our next show, The Light, and making adjustments for the rest of our 2020 season. The situation with COVID-19 has been changing daily, but with the City of Atlanta’s restrictions on gatherings of 50 or more and the recommendations of the CDC, we expect The Light and the rest of our season to be delayed a minimum of 8 weeks. We have been working diligently to determine a plan forward.
We are so grateful that we were able to complete the run of our wildly successful production of the musical Once, and we look forward to being back with our loyal audiences as soon as it is safe to do so. Although we can’t predict the future, here is what we are currently planning regarding the rest of our 2020 season:
- The Light, originally scheduled to open March 27 and run through April 26, will move to the next slot in our 2020 season. If restrictions have been lifted, performances will begin between May 15 and May 22 and run through June 21. If restrictions are extended into the summer, we will resume performances at the earliest possible date. The stars of The Light, Cynthia D. Barker and Enoch King, are so committed to this incredible show that they have worked with us on their schedules as well to make the show happen!
- Support Group for Men by Ellen Fairey was recently announced as our summer comedy. Originally scheduled for the above May/June dates, this funny and topical play will be moved to play July 10 – August 16.
- The House That Will Not Stand, originally slated for July 10-August 16, will move to July/August of our 2021 season. We are excited that this will now allow our Artistic Associate Thomas W. Jones II (Sweet Water Taste, Blackberry Daze, and many more) to direct the production.
- Roe, our final show of this season, will play in its original slot of September 18 (press opening September 25) through October 25, 2020.
Subscribers: If you currently have season tickets to Horizon, you’ll receive detailed information by email on these changes. For any cancelled production, you will have the opportunity to donate or exchange your tickets once we know how soon we can return to our performance schedule.
Horizon Theatre Needs Your Support Now More Than Ever
As a smaller theatre (only 172 seats per show), any loss of revenue is a major concern. Cancellation of shows and events will have real financial consequences for our theatre, staff and artists. Nationwide, thousands of theatre professionals’ jobs and healthcare are at stake.
We are so very grateful for our loyal Horizon patrons, and we need you now more than ever. The vast majority of our funding comes from ticket sales and individual donations. You can make a huge difference in our ability to weather this storm. Please consider making a charitable donation to Horizon so we can be ready to open as soon as soon as the crisis is over. We will all be thrilled to bring you theatre that feeds the soul, the heart, the mind and the spirit.
STAY CONNECTED WITH US! Over the coming weeks, Horizon plans on staying connected with you through social media and streaming events. We hope to have play readings, interviews with actors (past and present) and other live events to be viewed from the safety of your own home. Stay tuned for more details!
It’s a tough time for our country, the performing arts community and especially those who have already been touched by this illness personally. Please stay safe and healthy and keep your loved ones close (but not too close!).
PAST UPDATE (3/16/2020): Horizon’s first priority is the safety of its patrons and staff. Due to the effects of COVID-19, the remainder of Horizon Theatre’s 2020 season has been postponed until further notice. We anticipate the suspension will last for the next 8-10 weeks but will monitor the most current health and safety information and adjust our plans accordingly. Once the restrictions for travel and social gathering have been lifted, we hope to see you in our theatre again for another season of entertaining and provocative contemporary theatre.
New dates for our productions of The Light, Support Group for Men, and The House That Will Not Stand will be announced soon.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this difficult time. We wish you continued good health. Thank you for being a part of the Horizon Theatre community.
PAST UPDATE (3/12/2020): The safety and health of our patrons, staff, artists, and volunteers is our top priority. The staff and board of directors is closely monitoring news regarding COVID-19 formally known as Coronavirus from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The immediate health risk from COVID-19 is considered low for Americans at this time. We continue to look to the CDC, the Fulton County Health Department and the City of Atlanta and state leadership for guidance.
We are implementing additional sanitization measures at the Horizon facility including:
- Adding more hand sanitizing stations throughout the building
- Increasing the frequency of cleaning and sanitizing surfaces for high-traffic public spaces, including door knobs, elevator keypads, etc.
- Propping doors open to minimize the need for guests to touch door knobs or fixtures
We encourage you to follow these recommendations from the CDC:
• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
• Stay home if you are sick, especially if you are sick with a fever above 100 degrees.
• Prevent the spread of misinformation by learning more about the CDC’s updated recommendations here.
Again, unless otherwise directed by public health officials, all performances and events will go on as scheduled. If there are cancellations or changes to our schedule, we will notify affected patrons by email at least 2 hours before the cancelled event. Additionally, cancellation notices will be posted on our social media channels and website.
We encourage those who feel unwell to stay home, and we are happy to make adjustments to any existing tickets. You may contact our Box Office at 404-523-1477 if you need to exchange tickets for an upcoming performance.
Thank you again for your continued support.