A Message from Artistic Director Josh Costello about Aurora's 2020/2021 Season

For so many of us, the COVID-19 pandemic has been a roller coaster of disbelief, despair, denial, and determination. Aurora announced our 2020/2021 Season early in the shelter-in-place, when we still believed we’d be back to normal in a few short weeks. Clearly that is no longer the case, and it will be a long time before we can gather together again in a new and better normal that we’re collectively building for the future.

Rather than continuing to cancel shows one at a time and keep moving our opening date back, we’re moving to a different plan for our 2020/2021 Season. We will reopen with live in-person performances once conditions allow us to do so in a way that is safe for our community whether it is during the 2020/2021 Season or later.

Instead of traditional subscriptions, we will offer Memberships for the 2020/2021 Season. A membership is a purchase, not a donation  it supports our work and our ability to continue creating art with and for our community. One of the many perks of membership is access to a  new audio drama, commissioned by Aurora, by three local playwrights  Jonathan Spector, Lauren Gunderson, and Cleavon Smith  set in Berkeley with a theme that addresses this new world we’re building moving forward. We are thrilled for you to join us in this exciting new chapter for Aurora Theatre Company. Learn more about our new memberships here.

Though we have received substantial assistance already from the City of Berkeley, from the federal stimulus program, from the foundations that support us, from our landlord, from our board, and from our individual patrons, Aurora is facing extreme financial difficulty. We’ve already instituted furloughs for some of our staff. We have a plan that sees us through the 2020/2021 Season, but it depends on the continuing generosity of our supporters. We've been deeply moved by all the people who have asked us how they can help. We ask you first to join us with a membership, so that you can continue to participate in all of the programs we’re creating during this interruption. And then we ask that you make a donation to help see us through so that we can invite you back into our beautiful theatre just as soon as it’s safe for us to gather together once again.

If you can, please make a donation here.

Thank you so much for being a part of our community.