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Arizona Theatre Company postpones 54th season due to coronavirus

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PHOENIX — The Arizona Theatre Company announced Monday it is postponing its 54th season until late 2021 due to recent coronavirus pandemic surges in the state.

The decision was made to ensure the safety of actors, stage crew, staff and theater guests, the company said Monday.

“Although we are disappointed by the need to suspend our live and streamed mainstage productions again, we knew that circumstances might deem this a possibility,” the theater group said in a statement on its website.

The group, which performs in Phoenix and Tucson, originally announced in October a six-show mainstage season with reduced capacity for guest safety.

Though the company will not be staging live performances, it will continue to debut creative works including behind-the-scenes looks at shows and an audio play for patrons to enjoy virtually.

“Our creative team has been busy with a series of premiere works in development that will be presented in the next several months. Projects that will inspire your passion for theatre and feed your soul,” the website said.

According to a tweet by Artistic Director Sean Daniels, the company has seen between 17,000 to 24,000 people watching its virtual events during the pandemic.

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