A Message from Berkshire Health Systems to our Patrons.
COVID-19 Important Update
Updated July 6, 2020
Updated March 31, 2020
Vladimir: Let us not waste our time in idle discourse! (Pause. Vehemently.) Let us do something while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! –Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot”
First, and most important, from all of us at Berkshire Theatre Group, we send you heartfelt greetings and sincere hopes that you and your family are all well.
We are indeed all needed at this time and all mankind is us. The entire world is one in need right now, and we will all play a role in meeting again on the other side of this global pandemic.
I want to offer you an update. Our staff is working from home, and we are putting plans in place to bringing programming as soon as possible.
Spring and summer shows previously announced will be postponed, with dates to be determined. One of BTG’s box office associates will be calling patrons with tickets to make arrangements for ticket exchanges, donations, and credits.
In the meantime, BTG will be offering weekly online classes and talks on BTG’s Facebook page, presented by our incredible artists and alumni, and will feature online programs for all ages. A schedule will be sent out every week by email.
We will also be posting weekly “couch concerts” on our social media, featuring many of our BTG family singing their favorite songs!
A full schedule of fall events at the Colonial and Garage, including music, comedy and more will be announced soon. Please stay tuned as we are busy programming.
We look forward to opening our doors and being with you. The human spirit is being challenged right now and we know the theatre has always offered a poetic sanctuary, particularly in uncertain times. We will be that resource for our community once again. Our theatre is nearing its 100th anniversary. Our long history offers comfort and confidence that we will survive through these days.
To those of you who have provided us with donations during this time of such struggle, we send our gratitude for this critical care.
Like Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s enduring tale of survival…we go on.
Yours most sincerely,
Artistic Director, CEO
BTG is following the mandates of the State of Massachusetts Mandatory Safety Standards for Workplaces that were released as a part of the Baker-Polito administration’s plan for reopening. These safety protocols include guidelines for social distancing, hygiene protocols, staffing and operation protocols, and guidelines for cleaning and disinfecting.
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MERV 13 filters
BTG’s indoor facilities normally operate using MERV 8 filters in the HVAC system that get changed every six months. BTG has upgraded to a MERV 13 filter which is an allergen recommended filter.