Hampton Arts’ highly anticipated 2020-2021 Season kicks off in October and runs through June, offering a wide range of entertainment and viewing options for the Coastal Virginia community.
Remaining nimble during the era of COVID-19, artistic director Richard M. Parison, Jr. deftly rescheduled and expanded the season. The result is one of Hampton Arts’ most eclectic and dynamic line-ups in its 33-year history.
Starting on the main stage in February 2021 with the Duke Ellington Orchestra (February 11) and concluding with the Coastal Virginia Bluegrass and Brew Festival (June 4 – 6), The American Theatre’s 2021 season celebrates live performance through a diverse calendar of globally celebrated acts. The spotlight also shines on visual arts at The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center with a roster of curated exhibitions and juried competitions highlighting the immense talent and visual artistry found throughout the Commonwealth.
Safety protocols will be implemented at both venues, including reduced capacity to maintain social distancing and additional deep cleaning measures. And for the first time in Hampton Arts history, The American Theatre will introduce a dynamic new Encrypted Virtual Ticket option with MyLIVE Streaming. This Virtual Ticket will enable ticket buyers to view live performances from the comfort of their own homes
As part of its continued commitment to audience accessibility, The American Theatre also brings back 35 for All, offering all seats at $35 or less, with further discounts for virtual tickets.
“I’m thrilled to welcome audiences back to The American Theatre and The Charles H. Taylor Visual Arts Center,” said Parison. “Our seasons typically take years to plan. We quickly pivoted to reschedule many performers to allow for best practices amid the pandemic. Artists are eager to return to our intimate stage, and to our boutique galleries! The entire staff cannot wait to welcome back both our community of artists and audiences.”
“Now more than ever, it’s crucial to recognize that culture in our community isn’t a luxury: It’s a necessity,” continued Parison. “We’ve all turned to television, music, books and hobbies to fill our days during these stressful times. But to commune with others and experience live performance or wander a gallery for the full experience of an exhibition is wholly unique. These shared experiences give us joy and hope for the future.”
“Since my arrival in Coastal Virginia 30 years ago, I’ve witnessed Hampton Arts blossom into a rich cultural institution that is an integral part of the fabric of our community,” said City of Hampton Mayor Donnie Tuck. “My colleagues and I are weathering an unprecedented storm to ensure that the arts remain a vital part of our local landscape. The forthcoming season is a testament to their dedication and commitment. We become stronger through such shared experiences. During such an unprecedented time, I can’t think of a better way to lift one another up than through the arts.”
Visit hamptonarts.net for more information and to purchase tickets.