Editor’s note: The following is a press release from Cardinal Stage detailing their upcoming 2020 summer and fall programming.

After finalizing the sale of its facilities at 900 S Walnut and a few months of creative brainstorming, Cardinal Stage is excited to announce its summer-fall 2020 programming.

For the safety of its patrons, artists, and staff members, Cardinal will be shifting its programming for the rest of the calendar year to take Bloomington on an Artistic Adventure. Kate Galvin, Cardinal’s Artistic Director, explains, “as we’ve been considering how to best serve our patrons and artists, I’ve been focusing on the three pillars that I set for myself when I joined Cardinal – creating theatre that engages the mind, touches the soul, and strengthens the community.”

The goal of this Artistic Adventure is to bring theatre into your lives in new and exciting ways and to provide opportunities for you to
create art in the community. Cardinal is working to create offerings for the full spectrum of its patron base, from very young children to older patrons with mobility challenges.

The first event, Cardinal’s “Social DisDance Party”is set for Saturday, July 18 at Bryan Park. This free, outdoor dance party will be fun for all ages. Before the event, attendees will be encouraged to learn a choreographed dance at home to perform as a group to kick off the party.
Other “adventures” include a Family Photo Challenge – challenging families to re-create a classic fairy tale using only 10 original photos; Play Dates – a monthly script-reading book club for theatre lovers; Cardinal at Home – new plays written for you to read, perform, or record at home; Walkabout Radio Plays – original radio plays available for download, along with maps to take you on an unforgettable journey through Bloomington; and a New Play Commission – a new play written from an up-and-coming playwright as part of Cardinal’s Diversity and Inclusion Initiative.

Further details and content will be released on an ongoing basis throughout the summer and fall. Although the pandemic has significantly impacted the theatre industry, Cardinal is excited for the opportunity to get creative and involve the entire community in creating art. Cardinal Stage’s goal is to get back to producing the kind of theatre you know and love in the coming spring, but is hopeful that these new programs can continue, becoming a part of its programming in future seasons.

Memberships for the 20/21 season are on sale now, online through the Cardinal Stage box office.