Griffin Theatre Company Cancels Remaining Mlima’s Tale Performances

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19), Griffin Theatre Company today announced it will cancel all remaining performances of its Midwest premiere of Lynn Nottage’s Mlima’s Tale, originally scheduled to play through March 21, 2020 on Raven Theatre’s Schwartz Stage, 6157 N. Clark St. in Chicago. Patrons should contact the Raven Theatre box office at (773) 338-2177 to request a refund or credit to a future Griffin production. Tickets values may also be converted into a tax-deductible donation to Griffin Theatre. The box office is open Monday – Friday from 11 am – 6 pm.

Comments Artistic Director Bill Massolia, “We are, of course, saddened that we are unable to complete the run of Mlima’s Tale, but the health and safety of our artists and patrons are more important during this challenging time. It’s going to be tough few months for Chicago theatre, but we will all get through this together.”

Griffin has also cancelled its touring youth production of The Stinky Cheese Man, originally scheduled to open next week at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas, Nevada. The production was set to play for more than 15,000 students.

About Griffin Theatre Company

Established in 1988. the mission of the Griffin Theatre Company is to create extraordinary and meaningful theatrical experiences for both children and adults by building bridges of understanding between generations that instill in its audience an appreciation of the performing arts. Through artistic collaboration the Griffin Theatre Company produces literary adaptations, original work and classic plays that challenge and inspire, with wit, style and compassion for the audience.

The Griffin Theatre Company is the recipient of 115 Joseph Jefferson Award nominations for theater excellence in Chicago. The Griffin was honored with four 2018 Jeff awards for Ragtime including Best Ensemble, Best Musical, Best Director-Musical and Best Performer in a Supporting Role-Musical. Additionally, the company was the repeat winner of the 2016 Jeff Award for Best Production of a Play for London Wall having won the same award in 2015 for its production of Men Should Weep.

The Griffin Theatre Company is partially supported by the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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