The disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to upend plans for arts programming worldwide. It is therefore with great disappointment that we announce that the 2020 season of Houston Shakespeare Festival will be postponed until the summer of 2021. The postponement of HSF implies nothing with regard to the calendar for Miller Outdoor Theatre; any decision about summer programming at Miller will be made by Miller management, so please check their website for updates.
We must make this decision not simply because we cannot predict what the pandemic situation will look like in the summer, but also because—as is the case for numerous organizations, arts events, sporting events, and other public activities worldwide—final preparations to execute our plans for the festival should be occurring right now. Given the current public health situation, many of our preparations that normally take place at this time are simply not possible.
We understand that this means that we, and the city of Houston, must temporarily do without the opportunity for immersion in the works of Shakespeare in July and August. We understand, furthermore, that this loss comes at a time when we need these great works of art the most. Unfortunately, at this moment we have no other responsible alternative.
All of us take this decision very seriously and understand the enormous value of these festivals. We are making every effort to consider ways of delivering content virtually during the summer. While no substitute for the festival itself, doing so would help keep HSF on the forefront of summer arts programming in Houston even during the current crisis.