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Proctors' Morris: It was 'the ethical thing to do'

Proctors' Morris: It was 'the ethical thing to do'

Venue postpones programming through April 12; theREP, UPH also shelved
Proctors' Morris: It was 'the ethical thing to do'
Proctors' audience is seen during Melodies of Christmas in December.
Photographer: gazette file photo

Proctors and the two other major venues it oversees, Capital Repertory Theatre in Albany and Universal Preservation Hall in Saratoga Springs, have cancelled all of their programming through April 12 due to concerns over the coronavirus.

Proctors CEO Philip Morris announced the decision late Thursday afternoon after Governor Andrew Cuomo issued his directive earlier Thursday limiting the size of public events to 500 people.

"Over the last few days, my staff and I have talked about doing this voluntarily, and we got to that place because I have been reading about the science, watching other places, and my mom's in a nursing facility that shut itself down to visitors," said Morris. "I think the only ethical thing to do was to stop these performances, even if the government isn't going to require it. So we thought that maybe we were a week away from this, but now that's changed with the governor's announcement."

"Bandstand," the national touring production of Saratoga County native Rob Taylor's Broadway musical, was scheduled to have run for three performances Friday and Saturday. Cancelled along with that is another national tour at Proctors, "Summer: The Donna Summer Musical," which was scheduled for March 20-29.

Morris said Proctors could have retained some of its programming at Capital Rep and at its smaller in-house venues, such as the GE Theatre and The Addy, but he decided against it.

"We could have weaved our way through some of the governor's requirements by selling half the house at Cap Rep or the GE Theatre, but it just didn't make sense," he said. "You want to be part of the solution, not any part of the problem. So, realizing that and being driven by what the governor said, we decided that stopping all the performances was the ethical thing to do."

"The Irish and How They Got That Way" was into its second of a four-week run at Capital Rep.

Proctors Box Office in Apostrophe Cafe will remain open. Patrons with tickets to any of the postponed events will be contacted to have credit placed on their account.

Meanwhile, late Thursday, Schenectady Light Opera Company cancelled all performances of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," which was to open Friday.

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