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Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Dear Stages patrons,

Like you, we have been closely following the spread of COVID-19. As the global impact continues to grow, Stages stands with Houston and our community, and is taking clear steps to slow the spread of the virus in accordance with the latest local and CDC guidance regarding gatherings of more than 50 people through mid-May.

To best support your health and safety, along with that of our artists and staff, we are acting quickly to make the following adjustments to our performance schedule through September 2020:

Honky Tonk Laundry - Performances are canceled March 12 - May 17. Performances currently are expected to resume May 20 and will run through July 26, 2020.

Sensitive Guys - Performances are rescheduled to June 10 - 21, 2020.

Hook's Tale - Performances are rescheduled to July 10 - August 2, 2020.

MacGyver The Musical - Performances are rescheduled to August 7 - September 20, 2020.

The previously announced productions of Circle Mirror Transformation , Airness and Pieces of the Moon have been canceled.

We are taking steps to protect and share the remarkable stories that were already in rehearsal or performance and that our artists have put so much time and energy into - Honky Tonk Laundry , Sensitive Guys and Hook's Tale - by rescheduling them and canceling future productions instead.

For productions that have been postponed, we’ll be sending tickets by mail for new performance dates based on the schedule above. For canceled productions, we will be issuing ticket vouchers. These will be mailed directly to you and will include an option to turn back tickets as a tax-deductible donation, if preferred. Our goal is to get these packages in the mail to you in the coming 7-10 days. You may contact Patron Services at 713.527.0123 or boxoffice@stageshouston.com with any questions.

Many of you have asked about how Stages is faring during this turmoil, and we are profoundly moved by your care and concern. These schedule changes represent 151 canceled performances across two seasons and 102 artist contracts that will be canceled or postponed. At this time, we are projecting the immediate ticket-related revenue losses for Stages to be in excess of $643,000.

We will continue to be strong financial stewards of the investments so many of you have made in Stages. In the weeks and months ahead, we'll remain focused on sustainability so that we can continue our growth in the future. Your support can have an immediate impact on this goal.

In this rapidly evolving situation, Stages will continue to monitor guidance from the CDC, along with our local and state public health authorities, to make any additional schedule adjustments moving forward. At this time, Stages' administrative functions are continuing to operate with adjustments put in place to minimize activity in our building and allow for remote work by staff.

On behalf of our Board, staff and artists, we are so deeply grateful for the extraordinary generosity, resilience and support of our Houston community - especially YOU, our loyal patrons.

This is a powerful moment with the people of our world facing so much that is unknown. As theater artists, the very essence of our art form - the gathering of a community - is not possible for now. In the midst of so much uncertainty, there is one thing that we know is true - we can make it through this challenge. And we will be stronger for the effort.

We have been #HoustonStrong through 9/11, through Allison and Ike, from the crisis of 2008 to Hurricane Harvey, and we have stood tall every time. In fact, each time we have emerged more unified, more compassionate and closer as a community. We will be #HoustonStrong again and we look forward to great productions in our future together.

Kenn McLaughlin and Mark Folkes

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