The 2021 Live Theatre Festival Update 1 February 2021

Planning for an in-person Play the Fool theatre festival is exceptionally challenging in these times. In a normal year, we would be running four very packed days, Sept 23-26th. However, with arts funding restructuring, travel and vaccine distribution uncertainty, we anticipate programming fewer (if any) in-person events this year. 

All our programming timelines and decisions will be made with an abundance of caution, will depend on vaccine availability, and health & travel recommendations.

This is what we expect as of now:

  • If there is in-person, live programming, there will be fewer shows. 
  • There will be some online programming.
  • We will program Albertan, and possibly only Edmonton/Amiskwaciw√Ęskahikan-based artists for in-person events. This is because of tight timelines, travel restriction uncertainty, and the impossibility of offering home hospitality to travelling artists in a COVID year.
  • We hope to make decisions about the number and type of in-person events in June, including if we can go ahead with some version of our beloved Rookie Cabaret Mentorship Program.
  • Questions? Contact director@playthefool.ca.

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