WELCOME TO OUR 21st SEASON
elcome to an unusual season in a very unusual time.
In January 2020, we were thrilled to open the newly
renovated and renamed Gerri Aaron & the Aaron
Family Foundation Theatre Building and stage our ﬁrst show in
the Donelly Theatre — Caroline, or Change. Just a few months
later, in mid-March, we had to shut down before the end of the
scheduled run of our second show, Your Arms Too Short to Box
with God, due to the coronavirus.
Of course we were disappointed, as we joined theatres
around the nation and throughout the world in an unplanned
“intermission” of unpredictable length. But, as we have done at
Westcoast Black Theatre Troupe throughout our two decades of
history, we persevered.
Now — with safety measures in place to protect you, our patrons,
as well as our performers, creative team and sta — we are
pleased to begin live performances again. For starters, and for
the foreseeable future, we will be performing outdoors on our
campus in Light Up the Night: An Open-Air Concert Series. Our
ﬁrst and future concerts in the series will feature some of our
most popular artists. We hope to introduce you to some new
faces we think will become fan favorites as well.
Instead of mingling in our lobby, you and your fellow WBTT
patrons will report to our outdoor box oce for temperature
checks. Masks and social distancing will also be part of the
experience. Even this playbill is dierent — we won’t be printing
them for the time being; they will be accessed on your phone or
other devices instead of being touched by sta and patrons.
We know all these necessary steps won’t dampen your
enthusiasm for the high-energy performances you’ll come to
see, as always. In the coming weeks and months, we’ll keep you
informed by emails and our website about concertsand cabarets
we’re presenting in our Open-Air Concert Series and our
virtual oerings, because things are changing quickly in these
challenging times. What will never change is our unwavering
commitment to bringing you the best professional theatre
experiences we can oer you. Thank you for supporting WBTT,
now more than ever!
Founder & Artistic Director