Actors’ Equity has approved the first two theaters to resume performances since the nationwide shuttering of playhouses in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The theaters, a pair of regional venues in Massachusetts, have agreed to safety protocols that include testing for Equity members and those who come in contact with them.
The Berkshire Theatre Group will stage the musical Godspell outdoors, with a cast of about 10 and two stage managers for an audience of 96 members. The Barrington Stage Company, meanwhile, will put on Harry Clarke, David Cale’s one-man play. It will employ only two Equity members – a performer and a stage manager – and will use the company’s indoor facilities, but seating has been removed to reduce house capacity from more than 500 to 163. It has also committed to an isolated backstage area and regular electrostatic spraying to clean the facilities.