The Marco Players’ June 20 reading of local playwright Joe Simonelli’s murder-mystery, “The Spirit of Bay Manor,” will now be performed indoors at the company’s Marco Town Center Mall theater.
An outdoor setting had been planned for the 6 PM performance, which is being held to raise funds for the theater company’s the theater’s “The Show Must Go On – Staying Alive Series.” The decision to move indoors was made possible by Governor Ron DeSantis’ June 3rd executive order allowing theaters to reopen from Coronavirus restrictions at 50% of capacity, with appropriate social distancing.
However, outdoor viewing will still be possible. The reading will be simulcast on the theater’s outdoor video monitors. There will be seating in and around the nearby gazebo and people can also bring folding chairs.
Tickets are not required, but donations will be appreciated, and live music will be provided by multi-instrumentalist JRobert.
Cancelled performances for the Marco Players final two productions resulted in lost revenue of $50,000 or more, according to Beverly Dahlstrom, the Theater Company’s Executive-Artistic Director
The shortfall hit the nonprofit hard given its fixed expenses, including rent, utilities, insurance, staffing and production costs, and securing the rights to the plays it performs.
The Marco Players is located at 1089 N. Collier Blvd., in unit 432, in the Marco Town Center Mall. For more information call 239-642-7270 or visit themarcoplayers.com, where donations can also be made.