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Uphoff Gray said Forward accepts negative tests because they don’t want to create “unfair barriers.” Forward also requires vaccinations among staff.
Knowing that other spectators are vaccinated and that wearing masks will allow the audience to “drop their shoulders a bit” and appreciate the play more, said Uphoff Gray.
âWe’re all incredibly excited to get back to live theater, where the audience is there with us in person,â said Uphoff Gray, who co-founded Forward Theater in 2009. âThat’s what we do, it’s which is magic about the performing arts and we want our audience to be able to sit back and lose themselves in the artistic experience. “
The Forward team were not concerned about the backlash towards the new COVID-19 protocol, Uphoff Gray said, adding that they had already received responses from several ticket holders expressing how relieved they were.
On March 12, 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the Forward Theater to cancel all remaining performances. Forward was a week away from the opening of “The Amateurs,” a play about a group of fourteenth-century actors trying to outrun the Black Death. The irony of the play’s subject matter was not lost on Uphoff Gray, who added that the theme for the 2019-2020 season was âUnexpectedly Expectedâ.
The Unexpected is what Forward Theater must have done over the past year and a half. Uphoff Gray said Forward bounced back from delivering lines on Zoom, teaching green screen art to actors, obtaining licenses to distribute prerecorded performances, and finally getting back “to the house “on the Playhouse Stage in front of a live audience.