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Mask use

Please note that individual productions may have seperate mask guidance. Refer to the show page and your confirmation emails for further information

Theater Wit follows the community masking guidelines recommended by Chicago Department of Public Health and CDC Community Risk Levels as outlined below (https://www.chicago.gov/city/en/sites/covid-19/home/covid-dashboard.html).

  • When Community Risk Level is HIGH (Red)- high quality mask required at all times indoors and in large groups
  • When Community Risk Level is MEDIUM (yellow) - Masks are recommended indoors and in large groups. If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk, consider wearing a mask at indoor public settings where vaccination status is unknown.
  • When Community Risk Level is LOW (green)- masks will be optional. If you are immunocompromised or at higher risk, consider wearing a mask at indoor public settings where vaccination status is unknown.
  • Masking in not required in the lobby or shared spaces.
  • If you choose to wear a mask, you may bring drinks and food from our bar into the spaces and lower your mask while actively drinking/eating.

Current Community Risk Level is MEDIUM. It is recommended but not required that patrons wear face coverings inside performance spaces, barring individual production guidance.

Free Exchanges due to illness

If you are feeling unwell, please do not attend :) Contact our box office on the day of performance and we will reschedule your ticket at no charge.

HVAC Improvements

Our upgraded HVAC systems increase the number of air exchanges to remove aerosolized droplets and provide updated filtering to meet CDC and city standards.

On behalf of the producers, staff and performers, we issue a heartfelt thank you to our audiences who make these generous accomodations for the health of all. We also thank you for respecting the choices of others regarding mask use in our space.

Artistic Statement

A Message from the Artistic Director

Since founding Theater Wit in 2004, we've built an organization based on laughter, empathy and relevance, and we've done it with an innovative approach toward artistic and organizational processes that I'm very proud of.

Theater Wit’s values perfectly capture the particular relationship I want to forge with our audience. We ask them to unlock their compassion through laughter; to maintain an agile wit so they can dance along with the experience; and to relate that experience to contemporary life. My preference is to focus on local premieres but does not preclude revisiting classic plays from new perspectives.

Ultimately, our work must focus not just on the new and relevant, but possess—at its core—the honesty and humanity to genuinely move audiences. We come to the theater for contact and connections: with characters, fellow audience members, and the mind of the playwright. We will use humor, intelligence, and surprise as the keys to open ourselves to the shared human experience. At Theater Wit, the path to our hearts is through our minds—we touch both or we touch none.

At the same time, I also want to acknowlege the implicit bias and white privilege in our work over the last fifteen years. Like so many in the white artistic community, I am now striving to become anti-racist in action as well as programming. This has been an eye-opening year and I am humbled by the work that lies ahead of organizations such as ours.

As we move toward opening our doors again to Chicago, I pledge to expand our opportunities and programming in recognition of the large parts of Chicago's audience and artists that have not been served by structural racism. I believe the best is yet to come. This is an amazing time to work in Chicago Theater, and in particular at Theater Wit.

Thank you all for sharing it with me.