To our wonderful performers, students, partners, and audiences,
Our business is to delight and surprise our audiences, and unfortunately, this announcement will do neither. Due to COVID-19, Sea Tea Comedy Theater will cancel its shows for the next several weekends, including the Hartford Improv Festival in early April. In doing so, we are joining many other community institutions in a collective effort to limit potential exposure to this virus. The heart and soul of improv comedy is support– doing what’s best for the scene. As we often say in our classes, sometimes the best support move you can make is staying offstage.
UPDATE (2020-03-20): The City of Hartford has issued an emergency order prohibiting of all social gatherings of 10 people or more through April 30. We are re-evaluating our options for re-open based on this.
Although it was a very difficult decision, we would rather pull back than put our beloved community at risk. Here is the strategy for each branch of Sea Tea Improv:
- Sea Tea Comedy Theater is closed for the time being, until further notice. We had hoped to be back on our stage having fun on April 10th. Staff who were expecting the income will be offered solo or remote shifts for one-off projects. Audiences may request a refund for any ticket. Learn how to request a refund.
- The Hartford Improv Festival, scheduled for April 2-5 this year, has been cancelled entirely. The festival draws big crowds and performers from all over the country, so unfortunately, it is too risky to hold. We look forward to rolling all of our ideas and effort into next year’s fest. Refunds will be available to all levels of ticket buyers & workshop registrants. Learn how to request a refund.
- Sea Tea Improv Studios is closed for the time being, until further notice. Current classes have been postponed or shifted online. Workshops and courses with start dates in the near future will be rescheduled. Studio rentals will be not be available during this time. Learn how to request a refund.
- The Sea Tea Improv Touring Company will work with clients to reschedule at their convenience, and plan ahead for an excellent summer and fall.
- The owners of Sea Tea Improv are meeting weekly or more to assess our targets based on the news and our community.
We recognize that improv, and many other arts, are a vital source of community, laughter, and relief. We also hope to take this opportunity to be truly creative and figure out some ways to make great comedy without congregating in a theater. Joy is our job, and we take it seriously.
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As improvisers, we are a team, ready to adapt, support, and be ready for anything. Please join us in protecting the most vulnerable in our community with preventative measures. We’ll see your healthy and happy faces in the theater as soon as possible.
The Owners of Sea Tea Improv (Dan, Greg, Julia, Summar and Vlad)