MERRY WIVES in The Park Cancels Performances due to Positive COVID Test

New York
The Cast of Merry Wives | Photo: Joan Marcus
Kobi Kassal
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July 21, 2021 7:21 PM

According to The Public Theater’s Twitter account and notice online, a member of the production of Merry Wives tested positive for Covid-19 earlier today .

“The cast, crew, and staff of MERRY WIVES participate in rigorous testing and daily health and safety protocols to ensure everyone’s safety,” reads a statement on the theater’s site. “We are cancelling tonight’s performance, as well as the performance on Thursday, July 22 to ensure the continued health and safety of the entire cast, crew, and staff and to move forward with contact tracing and further testing as needed. We want to reassure everyone that safety at The Delacorte is our top priority, and we’ll continue adhering to the protocols needed to ensure a safe and joyful experience for all at Free Shakespeare in the Park.”

The theater is urging patrons with tickets to tonight or tomorrow’s performance to check their email for more information.

Adapted by Jocelyn Bioh and directed by Saheem Ali, this production of Merry Wives is set in South Harlem and features Abena, Shola Adewusi, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Pascale Armand, MaYaa Boateng, Phillip James Brannon, Brandon E. Burton, Joshua Echebiri, Branden Lindsay, Ebony Marshall-Oliver, Jarvis D. Matthews, Jacob Ming-Trent, Jennifer Mogbock, Julian Rozzell Jr., Kyle Scatliffe, David Ryan Smith, and Susan Kelechi Watson.

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Kobi Kassal

Hailing from sunny South Florida, Kobi Kassal founded Theatrely (formerly Theatre Talk Boston) while attending Boston University. He is an avid theatre attender and can be found seeing a performance most nights of the week (in normal times!) He is interested in the cross section of theatre, popular culture, hospitality, and politics. He also loves a good bagel!