Miller Outdoor Theatre has cancelled all performances through the end of August, officially bringing any hope of a summer season to an end. According to a July 13 press release, the decision was based on current restrictions on gatherings and crowd sizes due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. "It breaks our hearts to announce more cancellations," Cissy Segall Davis, managing director of the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board, said in a statement. "These decision have not easy to make, and we appreciate your continued support through these trying times."
Like many arts organizations, the beloved outdoor theater in Hermann Park had already announced cancellations of all productions through July. Earlier this year, the University of Houston also announced the postponement of its highly popular Houston Shakespeare Festival, which has consistently brought packed crowds out to the park amid the blistering August heat since 1975. The company's 2020 season has been rescheduled for summer 2021.
According to the release, the Miller Outdoor Theatre Advisory Board is working to reschedule as many performances as possible and hopes to resume its season in September. The rest of Hermann Park remains open to the public; all visitors are expected to practice social distancing.