The winter of 2020 AstonRep was extremely excited to begin work on our spring production of When We Were Young, and Unafraid. We had gathered a group of talented performers and skilled artists from diverse backgrounds to bring this moving piece to life.
The production was about to have a designers' run in mid-March when our producing and artistic team convened to discuss the growing concern that Covid-19 presented. It was at that time that we suspended our rehearsals and related this to our cast and crew. Days later the city and state would issue decrees limiting gathering of individuals-culminating in our current situation.
This came as a blow for several reasons: the first was the direct impact on the artists and performers who would be be unable to showcase this powerful play about domestic abuse. The second this was a blow for our audience:we have worked very hard at building connections to our audience in the Edgewater and Rogers Park neighborhoods as well as throughout Chicago engaging with school groups, thought-provoking talk backs and touch tours for the visually impaired. Finally, the loss of this production for our company was a shock fiscally. When we cancelled our production we committed to paying all our artists involved, which along with our rehearsal space totaled $1490. In addition the loss of ticket sales is projected to be $7500. These ticket sales would have gone towards funding future productions and its loss for our company is a difficult one.