Ready or Not! Dearest English Lovers lovers, Just a mid- (let’s hope it’s mid) pandemic signal balloon, sent up to let you know we’re thinking of you,

Ready or Not! Dearest English Lovers lovers, Just a mid- (let’s hope it’s mid) pandemic signal balloon, sent up to let you know we’re thinking of you,

and tell you how much we have appreciated your enthusiastic support and loyalty over the more than 20-year history of the English Lovers, and how much we miss you.

We  Lovers have a virtual meeting once a week to check in with one another, find out who’s doing what with whom (it’s a lot of nothing with nobody at this point), and have a laugh with each other. Even after so much time and work together, we continue to make each other laugh, wittingly or not. In the course of these meetings, we have discussed and experimented with different improvised forms we could practice while socially isolating, with the eventual goal of sharing them with you. Unfortunately, although there have been moments of brilliance (we are, after all, the English Lovers), we haven’t come up with any way to replace our most precious ingredient: our audience.

Yes, you! You are at once our most vital inspiration and our raison d’etre. We delight in your laughter and tenderly sympathise with your pain, and with every new show, we hope to challenge and satisfy your theatrical appetites. You also help us pay our bills! In short, we need you so that we can be us.

We trust you are all staying safe, and applaud the resolution and discipline Austrians have brought to these unprecedented circumstances. We know that CoVid19 has forever changed the world we live in; but one very human need that connects us remains unalterable. We need stories. We need to tell them and have them told to us. And we want you to know, we’ll be there as soon as humanly possible to create our stories with you, to listen and to tell.

Ready or Not! We’re the English Lovers. You are the Lovers lovers. Stay safe, stay true, and stay tuned!