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Geva unveils reimagined 2020-21 season

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Geva Theatre Center restructured its 2020-21 season to ensure the health and safety of guests, performers and staff members.

From October through December, Geva will present “Recognition Radio: An Audio Play Festival Celebrating Black Voices” featuring four plays written and directed by Black theater artists. Esther Winter will serve as creative producer.

The four plays of “Recognition Radio” equal the first two productions of Geva’s Wilson Stage subscription season. Once on sale, tickets for non-subscribers will be available per show or as a package.

From January through July of 2021, Geva plans to offer five live productions on the Wilson Stage: four of these included in the 20-21 subscription package and a fifth “bonus” play. This Alice Childress piece, planned for April, will serve as a replacement for last season’s canceled production of “Looks Like Pretty.” There will be no production of the annual holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” this year.

All live performances starting in January will be conducted in accordance with public health guidelines, including distanced seating, masking, modified entry procedures and enhanced cleaning protocols, as may be required. Geva plans to offer ticket holders on-demand video as an alternative to in-person attendance.

“The pandemic forced us to close our doors in mid-March, of course, and we thank our audiences for their understanding and flexibility in waiting for us to announce how we can continue to produce professional theater,” said Mark Cuddy, artistic director. “These past months have not only shut down our industry because of COVID-19, but have brought about a national uprising calling on us all to finally and fully address the human rights and social justice issues of our country.

“Shutting our doors has granted us a rare gift of extra time to reimagine our role as a theater and a nonprofit, public service organization, and to re-envision our 2020-21 season in a way that accounts for the evolving circumstances of the pandemic and centers anti-racism in our plays and programming. I call it the ‘Nothing is Normal, Anything is Possible’ season — a season of innovation and inclusion, packed with fresh experiences and the talented theater artists that Geva is known for.”

The 2020-21 Fielding Stage season is canceled due to the smaller size of the Fielding auditorium. Those who already subscribed for the 2020-21 Fielding Stage series will have the option to transfer their subscriptions in full to the 2021-22 season.

“At the core of what we do is the celebration of the human experience,” said Christopher Mannelli, executive director. “In next year’s season, we are proud to bring stories on our stage that will inspire and entertain all of the Rochester community.”

Subscriptions for the full 2020-21 Wilson Stage Season are on sale now. Information about dates and single-ticket sales will be released on an ongoing basis as the theater monitors guidelines set by local, state and federal authorities. Visit gevatheatre.org for information.