Mac-Haydn Theatre cancels summer season

Screen Shot 2020-04-23 at 3.19.01 PMOne activity that traditionally has been on SRC’s “Summer Casual Calendar” will not be found there this year.

Among the many arts organizations cancelling their scheduled summer seasons is the Mac-Haydn Theatre. The Chatham institution had been planning a seven-production lineup for what would have been its 52nd season.

John Saunders, Mac-Haydn’s producing artistic director, said in an announcement today that the plays planned for this summer will be moved to 2021: “Pippin,” “Urinetown,” Man of La Mancha,” “42nd Street,” “Parade,” “Rock of Ages,” and “The Sound of Music.”

“This decision did not come lightly and has weighed heavily upon me since this crisis began,” Saunders said in his announcement. “I am nothing if not an optimist, but I have realized that the most important thing is the health and safety of our audience, artists, volunteers and staff.”

Also Thursday, the company announced a fundraising campaign to offset projected financial losses from canceling the season. Called the Bright Future Fund, it takes its name from what was the theme for the 2020 season: “Bold Vision, Bright Future.” The $250,000 campaign represents 20% of Mac-Haydn’s annual operating budget.

Patrons who have already paid for this year’s subscriptions may visit for refund, postponement or donation options.

Other artistic organizations in the region that already had cancelled or delayed their seasons:


• Dorset Playhouse in Dorset, VT

• Opera Saratoga in Saratoga Springs

• Jacob’s Pillow dance festival in Becket, MA

• Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA

• Williamstown Theatre Festival in Williamstown, MA


• Berkshire Theatre Group in Pittsfield and Stockbridge, MA, delayed until August.


•  Park Playhouse in Albany has canceled its main summer production. “Evita,” but currently plans to present “Matilda: The Musical,” performed by Park Playhouse students, in August.


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