The 200-seat theater in the Old Fourth Ward will open at half capacity.
“We’re taking it very cautiously,” Terrell said. “It’s always easier to loosen restrictions than to add new ones again.”
He added: “We want to see what our patrons and performers are comfortable with and work from there.”
The theater’s pre-pandemic schedule meant up to 300 shows a year, with multiple shows on Fridays and Saturdays.
Masks will still be required indoors. There is no requirement to be vaccinated.
Although the bar will accept cash, the theater will prefer cards.
In-person improv classes begin in August with masked and maskless options available. And the theater is resuming corporate training classes focused on how to deal with working in person again in offices.
The theater group quickly pivoted after the pandemic to digital shows on Twitch. It rented out its parking lot space to the Plaza Theatre for drive-in movies for several months and more recently has been holding weekly live improv shows there as well.
Terrell said they used the pandemic period to replace the roof and reorganize storage areas. Terrell himself repainted the entire space. The bathrooms are now entirely touchless and they installed filters used in medical facilities to kill all types of viruses in the air.
Dad’s Garage also has an on-demand subscription channel to view past shows for $15 a month.