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COVID-19 Screening Questions

JULY 29, 2020
Please be advised that if you say “yes” to any of the following questions,
we will ask that you not attend the evening’s performance and come back on a day that you are feeling better. We will gladly offer you a refund. 

  1. Have you been in close contact with someone who has tested positive for or is expected to have COVID-19? 
  2. In the last 72 hours, have you experienced any of the following symptoms?
    1. Fever/felt feverish
    2. Chills, muscle aches or fatigue
    3. Headache
    4. Respiratory symptoms – runny nose, sore throat, cough, difficulty breathing
    5. Abdominal pain
    6. Chest pain 

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COVID-19 Ticketing Protocol

JULY 29, 2020
All tickets must be purchased in advance. We are currently not accepting cash or checks.
Tickets may be purchased online or by calling our box office at (603) 733-5275. Online sales will end at 7:20 p.m. for evening performances and 3:20 p.m. for matinees. Please note, there will be no walk-up ticket sales at this time, as our box office is remote.

No ticketing discounts will be available for the remainder of 2020. However, season tickets and gift certificates will still be honored.

We ask that when choosing your seats you select a block appropriate to the number of individuals in your party. Should you need assistance selecting your seats, please contact our box office at or by calling (603) 733-5275.

Please be aware that the house will not open until 7:15 p.m., unless due to inclement weather. Masks are mandatory, to be worn at all times when in the building, except when seated for the performance.

We will not accommodate any late arrivals. Please arrive by 7:15 p.m. to provide ample time to be seated and to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have been in contact with anyone with COVID-19 symptoms or are experiencing symptoms, we kindly ask that you do not visit the Playhouse. If you have already purchased a ticket and are experiencing symptoms, we will gladly offer you a refund.

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Call to Community

JUNE 3, 2020
Dear M&D Family,

Over the last three months, we have felt the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, yet we stand resolute in our commitment to assist members of our community wherever and however we can.

Now, with the recent uprisings in cities across the nation, we have been struggling with trying to find the right message. As an arts organization, do we stay silent and neutral during these pivotal moments in history? 

In the end, we feel that theatre, and the whole theatrical experience, stems from emotion. Our art, and our job as creators of theatre is to evoke emotion, and to use that emotion to tell a story. If we are not taking our collective emotions as artists and contributing to this storytelling process, we have failed as artists and humans.

We open our hearts and emphatically reject the evils of racism that have shaped the life chances of many in our nation for far too long To quote Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “History will have to record that the greatest tragedy of this period of social transition was not the strident clamor of the bad people, but the appalling silence of the good people.” We stand in solidarity with those fighting for social justice, and issue this call to the community, because we can no longer afford to remain silent.

The recent deaths of George Floyd in Minnesota, Breonna Taylor in Kentucky, and Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia remind us of the work that needs to be done to affirm the inherent worth and value of every member of our community. The repeated attacks on the well-being of people of color erode the bonds that are necessary to move our nation forward, together.

Simply put, all lives cannot matter until every person in our country is able to pursue their own personal journey without fear of harm simply because of the color of their skin, or where they live, or whom they love.

The successful pursuit of that future requires both conversation and dedicated action across the lines that traditionally divide us. We encourage residents of the Mt. Washington Valley to join this Call to Community by:

  • LISTENING to the concerns and fears of those whose experiences might be different than ours
  • LEARNING from what is happening across our nation and across our region to better confront our challenges in our own backyard.
  • LEVERAGING our talent and resources to amplify the voices and experience of those who are traditionally overlooked.
  • LEADING on issues of mutual concern and progress.
  • EDUCATING yourself and the people around you. Deepening your understanding of how racism affects us all by reading these anti-racism resources and having conversations with family and friends.

We hope you will join us in answering the Call to Community.

M&D Board of Directors

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A Note From Our AD & ED

MARCH 25, 2020
To our M&D Family:

It has certainly been quite a challenging few weeks. Our lives have been completely upended. At its heart, theatre is a collective experience. We are committed to finding new ways to strengthen our connections and community, even though we are unable to gather in the same physical space. Now more than ever, the power of theatre to heal is needed.

While the remainder of our 2020 season is still in flux, it’s nevertheless our 20th anniversary season, and there’s yet much to celebrate. As the current situation seems to change daily, we have to remain fluid in the decisions we make with the remainder of our season.

Over the next several weeks, we look forward to staying in touch with you regarding our season, and what the future will hold. In the meantime, we invite you to explore our web-site and social media platforms to share your favorite M&D experiences, revisit moments from M&D’s 20 years of bringing award-winning theatre to the valley, and connecting with fellow artists and theatre family members.

Theatre has endured for centuries because of its potential for transformation and reinvention. It enriches the lives of those who take an active part in it, as well as those in the community who benefit from live theatre productions. On either side of the footlights, those involved represent a diversity of age, culture, life experience, and a strong appreciation of the importance of the arts.

As we forge a path forward, your collaboration will be an integral part to the future of M&D.


Mark Sickler                   Deborah Jasien
Artistic Director              Executive Director

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Precautions Against COVID-19

MARCH 11, 2020

Dear Patrons, 

With the ongoing public health concern regarding the Coronavirus (COVID-19), we wanted to inform you of the precautions we are taking during your visit with us.

To help keep the spread of germs low, we will be adhering to the following for the foreseeable future: 

  • Hand sanitizer will be available inside the Playhouse lobby, restrooms, and our bar.
  • All box office personnel, ushers, and bar volunteers will wear gloves, which shall be disposed of property at the end of each use. We encourage you to utilize paperless tickets through your smartphone and/or to print your tickets at home.
  • Though we usually request that you return your playbills so as to discourage waste, we ask that you either keep your playbill or throw it away after use.
  • Before and after each performance, we will disinfect seats and armrests in the Playhouse auditorium. We will also disinfect stair railings, door knobs and handles, bathroom surfaces, and lobby fixtures inside the building. 
  • We ask all patrons, as well as our volunteers, actors and production team members, to take the standard precautions, including frequent and thorough hand washing to help prevent the spread of respiratory diseases like COVID-19. We encourage good hygiene practices such as covering your cough with your elbow or a tissue. Additional information on prevention measures can be found on the CDC website here

At present, we are happy to work with ticket holders who cannot attend or feel uncomfortable attending their designated performance. Upon request, we will offer ticket exchanges for a future performance during our current season that extends through December 2020. Please contact us via email at  

We thank all of our patrons and supporters for their understanding as we continue to take precautions and reevaluate this constantly changing situation. If you have specific concerns, please email or call us at (603) 733-5275.

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