Code of Courtesy

Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s Code of Courtesy addresses public safety for all artists and visitors. Guidelines related to COVID-19 are in alignment with current health information from city and state officials, artist unions, and Boston University, and are subject to change accordingly.

We encourage all patrons and all artists to get vaccinated.

Staying current on COVID-19 and flu vaccinations is the best way to protect yourself and others.

Masking is optional at most* BPT performances

With the exception of one “mask required” performance per show, masks are optional for audience members at BPT. Respect, however, is always required. Please refrain from questioning or offering an opinion to a BPT staff member, artist, or patron, on the choice to wear or not wear a mask. If you have a concern, please speak privately with a member of the Front of House staff.

*Please note: Masks will be required inside the theatre at the Sunday, October 15, performance (2 p.m.) of Mr. Parent.

Practice social courtesy by respecting others’ personal space.

This is so important, especially in a small theater like ours with limited lobby and restroom space. Be aware of those around you. And if you find yourself feeling overcrowded or uncomfortable in our venue, please speak with Front of House staff to see if there is anything we can do to help.

Practice regular hand hygiene during your visit.

Sanitizer is available in our lobby. Please use it! And wash your hands!

Clean air is healthy air

Our theatre’s HVAC system is using MERV 13 filters to clean the air as it circulates, and it is refreshing the space with outside air regularly. Portable HEPA filters are also providing supplemental air cleaning.

Feeling sick or have symptoms? Stay home!

If you are not feeling well or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 as defined by the CDC, have been exposed to anyone with the virus within the last 10 days, or have been advised to self-quarantine within the last 10 days, please delay your visit to a later time and contact us to discuss rescheduling options. BPT offers free, no hassle ticket exchanges to a date when you are feeling better (or a full refund, if that becomes necessary): newplays [at] or 617-353-5443.

Community Expectations

We call Boston Playwrights’ Theatre “a home for new works for the stage.” Our mission is about new plays, yes—and also about being a home. Upholding our space as a home for artists, staff, and audiences is an organizational value. To us, this means that everyone is invited to be fully present here, and everyone deserves to be treated with respect. We ask you to help us uphold these values and expectations in all of your interactions with Boston Playwrights’ Theatre.

We expect any person interacting with BPT to comply with these community expectations, including but not limited to:

  • Respecting the backgrounds and identities of all people, on and off our stages. This includes age, race, religion, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • Understanding each individual’s right to be at the theater and enjoy it in their own way while being mindful of those around them.
  • Showing appreciation for the facility and those working within it.

We expect our artists, patrons, students, and staff to be respectful—and accountable. If you’ve experienced any behavior that has hindered your ability to be fully present during your time at BPT, we want to know about it. Please reach out to us—speak directly to a member of our FOH team, email Artistic Director Megan Sandberg-Zakian or use this anonymous Google form.

We’re glad you’re here! Thank you for partnering with us to truly make BPT a home for new work for the stage.

Updated August 29, 2023