Arts Emerson Cancels Its Summer Engagement of Drumfolk

ArtsEmerson is cancelling its Summer Special engagement, Step Afrika!’s Drumfolk, which was scheduled to play the Emerson Cutler Majestic Theatre July 22 – August 01, 2020.

“The City of Boston has now cancelled summer events and have asked everyone else to do the same,” says ArtsEmerson Artistic Director David Dower. “Since the beginning of this health ordeal, every decision we have made has been to protect the health of the patrons, staff, and artists that make up the ArtsEmerson community. And this decision is no different. ArtsEmerson hopes to bring this exciting production to Boston in the near future, but given the shifting nature of government projections and expert guidelines, we are not able to pinpoint new dates at this time.”

Drumfolk ticket-holders were notified by email with information and instructions. Any ticket-holders who did not receive an email may contact the box office by email at [email protected] or by calling 617-824-8400. At present, the physical box office locations are not open, but staff members are working remotely to process all customer needs as quickly as possible.

 Since cancelling all performances last March, ArtsEmerson has curated a robust roster of digital offerings that have included full performances from past engagements, conversations with artists, and Zoom chats with “The Davids,” all in an effort to maintain connection between all the facets of the organization’s passionate coalition of audiences, artists, and activists. More digital offerings will be announced soon. For more information, please visit

ArtsEmerson is Boston’s leading presenter of contemporary world theatre. Our mission is to bring people together to experience powerful performances that delight, provoke, and inspire, celebrating both our differences and common humanity. Founded in 2010 by Robert J. Orchard — the year the U.S. Census confirmed there was no single cultural majority in Boston — we committed to building a cultural institution that reflects the diversity of our city. Our imaginative season of globe-spanning performances, film, and dialogue invites each of us to be part of a Boston that is more creative, equitable, and connected. ArtsEmerson is led by Artistic Director, David Dower and Executive Director, David Howse. For more information, visit

ArtsEmerson is the professional presenting and producing organization at Emerson College. Based in Boston, Massachusetts, opposite the historic Boston Common and in the heart of the city’s Theatre District, Emerson College educates individuals who will solve problems and change the world through engaged leadership in communication and the arts, a mission informed by liberal learning. The College has 3,780 undergraduates and 670 graduate students from across the United States and 50 countries. Supported by state-of-the-art facilities and a renowned faculty, students participate in more than 90 student organizations and performance groups. For more information, visit For media inquiries specific to Emerson College, please contact Michelle Gaseau (E: [email protected], O: 617-824-3547, C: 617-429-2624).

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