March 16

To our CNYP Community:

As we have known since our first update, this situation is rapidly evolving. Less than a week ago we posted our first update; since then much has changed in New York State and – as of this morning – in our own Onondaga County.

Governor Cuomo has ordered all gyms, restaurant dining rooms, bars, and movie theaters to close starting at 8PM tonight until further notice. CNY Playhouse will be closing our space accordingly. We strongly believe that this is the right decision on the part of the Governor and the right decision for this community.

What does this mean for our upcoming performances? Our hope is to reschedule, not cancel, the final weekend of The Matchmaker and all performances of Biloxi Blues. We are working with both production teams on various options for rescheduling, depending on the availability of our volunteer artists, permissions from the licensing company, and new developments over the next month in the public health sphere.

If you have tickets for The Matchmaker or Biloxi Blues, your tickets will be good for the rescheduled performances of these shows. You can also take a ticket credit toward a future production. We will contact all current ticketholders when we have more information about new dates. If you have any questions, please contact

If you are unable to attend the rescheduled dates, we would ask you to consider donating the cost of your ticket to CNY Playhouse. While our primary concern is the health of our artists and audiences, we also are concerned about the reality of shutting down completely for an indefinite amount of time. April 2020 will be the first month since we opened in November 2012 that our stage is dark. This is uncharted territory for arts organizations across the country.

We’ll update you as we know more information. For now, please stay home, stay healthy, and take care of each other. We’ll see you in the spring.


March 15

To our friends and community:

As promised, we are keeping a close eye on the County and State responses to the current public health situation, as well as the CDC’s information and guidelines for best responses to this pandemic.

As such, we will be limiting our seating capacity for the next eight weeks in following with the protocol outlined in the latest update from the CDC on mass gatherings. No more tickets will be sold for the March 21 performance of The Matchmaker; seats are still available for the Thursday and Friday performances. We will continue to sanitize all chairs before and after performances as well as allow general seating in rows rather than our usual tables.

We still encourage you to review the guidelines by the CDC and local health officials and to make the best decisions for you and your family. If you would like to exchange your tickets you can email 

We will continue to update this page with any new information.  This crisis is evolving and changing rapidly and we appreciate your patience as we all navigate this uncharted territory together.


March 12

To our valued CNYP Community,

We know that the threat of COVID-19 has caused concern for all of us. You (our audiences, actors, artists, and friends) and your safety and health are very important to us, and we are monitoring the rapidly-changing state of health in our area.

The Event Safety Alliance has advised producers and presenters of events and entertainment that decisions about this public health crisis should be made on a local level in accordance with public health officials. As of today (March 12) there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Onondaga County. However, we know this situation is changing on a daily basis and we are closely monitoring any information put out by the Onondaga County Department of Health and New York State.

We plan to move forward with all planned productions unless directed otherwise by the County or the State, or unless we have an internal reason to believe that the health of our artists and audiences may be at risk. We will notify all current ticketholders as well as post notices via our website and social media letting you know of any changes.

Some changes that we’re making for the time being are temporarily eliminating table seating and implementing general admission seating in rows. This will eliminate some communal surfaces and allow you to practice whatever social distancing you are most comfortable with. We encourage you to continue to follow the guidelines put out by the CDC to slow the spread of COVID-19.

We are always more than happy to do a ticket exchange for you to another night or another show. Please, in the interest of your best health and the best health of our community, stay home if you are feeling unwell. Email and we’ll gladly exchange your tickets.

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at if you have any questions or concerns. We continue to be grateful for your support, encouragement, and patronage.

Abel Searor Board President
Keith Arlington Vice President
Kate Crawford Board Secretary
Elizabeth Allers Treasurer
Patricia Catchouny Production Board Liaison
Dan Randall Facilities Manager