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The Second City Set to Reopen Stages for In-person Shows in May
The Second City Set to Reopen Stages for In-person Shows in May

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The Second City Set to Reopen Stages for In-person Shows in May

Training Center classes also return to the building, as well as offered online

CHICAGO, March 18, 2021 — More than a year after closing its theaters to in-person performances due to COVID-19, The Second City announces that tickets are going on sale March 25 for two new in-person shows. The date targeted for reopening with limited socially distant seating on the Mainstage and e.t.c. theater is May 7. In-person classes at The Second City Training Center are set to resume May 3, at limited capacity, and online options will continue to be available. 

“Our talent, our staff and our faculty are looking forward to entertaining and educating in the same room again,” said The Second City’s new executive producer Jon Carr. “We realize that most people have binge-watched every TV show ever made at this point, so it’s exciting that live, in-person experiences are set to make their long-awaited return.”

Tickets go on sale March 25 at Patrons will be able to purchase drinks at performances with mask-friendly drinking straws that will be provided. COVID-19 protocols will be strictly enforced, which include mask wearing, social distancing, audience limits based on state and local guidelines, and enhanced cleaning before and between performances.

Parisa Jalili, Second City’s chief operating officer, emphasized that plans are contingent upon the city and state’s COVID-19 guidelines, but that hasn’t impacted enthusiasm. 

“The excitement around The Second City is palpable,” Jalili said. “After a year, Chicagoans not only want to laugh together, they need to laugh together.”

The Second City opened in December 1959 and has become one of the world’s most influential and prolific comedy theatres. Second City has been the starting point for award-winning actors and directors including Bill Murray, Gilda Radner, John Candy, Catherine O’Hara, John Belushi, Eugene Levy, Mike Myers, Keegan-Michael Key, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Sam Richardson, Chris Farley, Steven Yeun, Amber Ruffin, Suzy Nakamura, and Stephen Colbert, among many others.

Media contact: Shawn Taylor | | 312-371-6260
Pier Scott | | 314-737-8020

SOURCE The Second City

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