We at Irish Rep are so excited to welcome you back to our theatre and in-person programming. Although we have enjoyed sharing our Performances on Screen with you over the last 18 months, and are so grateful for your continued support during this difficult time, we cannot wait to open our doors and welcome the excitement we feel from our audiences each night in the theatre.
This is the longest our theatre has been dark in our 33-year history, and we are so excited to present two new in-person productions this fall. In order to do so, we are committed to keeping everyone’s health and safety our top priority.
As guidelines continue to change, we are constantly monitoring the rules and regulations put forth by the CDC, the New York State Department of Health, the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and New York City’s “Restart NYC” guidance for businesses as well as the new Key to NYC program instituted on August 3. As a result of these requirements, and in order to ensure the safety of our staff and company members, only individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to enter Irish Repertory Theatre. Unfortunately, this includes any attendees under the age of 12 and any other individuals who have not been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at that time.
We value the commitment you make when you purchase a ticket and will keep in communication as we navigate the coming months together. More in-depth information about each of our protocols is available below. If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to contact our box office at (212) 727-2737.
For performances of Autumn Royal, A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing, and The Streets of New York
Health and Safety
Irish Rep requires full vaccination for all patrons attending an in-person performance You are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after you have received a second dose in a two-dose vaccine series or two weeks after you have received a single-dose vaccine. Patrons will be required to show proof they have received a vaccine authorized for emergency use by the FDA or WHO.
Proof of vaccination may include:
- NYC COVID Safe App
- Excelsior Pass
- CDC Vaccination Card (or photo)
- NYC Vaccination Record
- Docket App for New Jersey residents
- An official immunization record from outside NYC or the US
If you received the vaccine outside the U.S., you must have an official immunization record that includes:
- First name and last name
- Date of birth
- Vaccine product name (only vaccines authorized by the WHO are acceptable)
- Date(s) administered
- The site where the vaccine was administered, or name of the person who administered it
All guests must wear a properly fitting mask over their nose and mouth at all times in the theatre, even while in your seat. Masks must not have vents or exhalation valves and gaiters, scarves, and bandanas are not considered acceptable face coverings.
Guests ages 18 and older must present a valid government-issued photo ID. Guests under 18 may also show a school photo ID. We are unable to welcome any attendees under the age of 12 who are not vaccinated at this time.
Irish Rep Cast, Crew, and Staff
All Irish Rep cast, crew, and staff are required to be vaccinated and wear a mask at all times while working in the theatre during performances.
Cleaning and Sanitation
We have increased the regularity of our already rigorous cleaning protocols throughout the building, including all restrooms and public touch points between performances.
As a part of Irish Rep’s major theatre renovation in 2016, a brand new, state-of-the-art HVAC system was installed. Irish Rep hired an outside company to conduct testing on the HVAC system in 2021 and it was confirmed that our system exceeds all New York State and CDC guidelines for optimized indoor air quality. On top of this updated system, we have upgraded our air filters to MERV-13, have increased the frequency of filter changes and maintenance, and have placed portable HEPA filters throughout the building to maximize air exchange rates for all areas of the building at all times. For more information, please see our attached ventilation test report conducted on May 14, 2021.
Contactless Ticketing and Programs
To minimize the amount of high-touch areas in our theatre, we will be moving to contactless digital ticketing and playbills. Prior to the performance, patrons will have the opportunity to scan their tickets directly from their phones or print out their individual tickets at home and have them scanned at the theatre. Digital programs will also be available in the preshow email as well as through QR codes provided throughout the theatre and on the lobby video screens.
Reduced Traffic Flow
To reduce lobby congestion, the house will open 45 minutes before each performance in order to allow ample time to seat patrons and check vaccination information. To also allow for more traffic flow, alternate entrances to the theatre will be utilized.
To better accommodate the changing world we live in, we are making no-fee ticket exchanges and account credits available to all ticket purchasers who purchase directly from Irish Rep for all performances of Autumn Royal and The Streets of New York. Should you be unable to attend a performance, please contact our box office no later than two hours prior to showtime and one of our associates will assist you with finding another performance time or adding a credit to your account for future use.
Transparency and Anti-Racism
In June of 2020, we pledged to listen, to learn, and to support; we, our staff, and our board will continue to do this separately and together. We are exploring the deep and painful history of violence and injustice against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in America and in Ireland, and we see how institutionalized racism has permeated our own practices.
As we reopen, we want to acknowledge the work we have done in the past year, but also the long road ahead of us as we focus on reopening and bringing new work to our stage. As an Irish institution, we acknowledge the particular responsibility we hold in the telling of anti-racist stories, both through the many intersections of Irish- and African-American history – tragic and joyful – and the history of Irish theatre itself. Irish theatre historically was developed as a tool of revolution – an artistic call to arms from the voices of the oppressed.
To further our pledge to commit ourselves not just to the stories of our past, but to the intent behind them of fostering equity, understanding, and power for all, we are excited to announce a new development program that will allow us to discover work by new Irish and Irish-American artists. This program will include a mix of staged readings and workshops from new voices that fulfill Irish Rep’s mission and feature diverse casts and creative teams. These readings will provide opportunities for playwrights to further develop their work and enable us to discover new plays and musicals for future production.
“We are committed to this journey and believe this is the best path to showcase the incredible new work being created by Irish and Irish-American playwrights. At the same time, we must continue to focus on change and equity on our stages and behind the scenes. We’ve spent 18 months evaluating all aspects of our organization, and while there is always more work to be done, we are confident this new play-development program will be a good next step. We are eager to work with young artists to develop exciting new work. As we continue to broaden our understanding of what it is to be Irish, you will see more diversity in our casts, creative teams, staff, and playwrights., We are proud to announce the launch of our play-development program, and we hope you will join us for the opening week featuring a new adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s An Ideal Husband.” – Charlotte Moore and Ciarán O’Reilly
We are also proud to partner with Ace Pictures and Irish Folklore Tours to create Only Connect. This feature-length performance/documentary is Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan’s story and was inspired by their great show Two Roads Diverged: Irish & African American Common Grounds through Music, Dance, & Humor. Together, from very different perspectives, they reveal the hidden history, and parts of our national narrative that most people know little about. This production will be available from Irish Repertory Theatre’s streaming platform in March 2022, followed by worldwide distribution.
We look forward to announcing more productions as part of our New Play Development Program soon, including how to attend workshops and readings. For the most up-to-date information, please continue to visit this page.