SAN DIEGO (CNS) — The San Diego Repertory Theater announced Wednesday that due to a lack of funding, it will cancel remaining scheduled productions for the year and lay off all staff by June 19.
The 46-year-old theater released a statement detailing the reasons for the decision.
“Several factors contributed to this action plan, including financial issues, significant funding that did not materialize, the challenges of operating venues and bringing audiences into a building under an active construction site. , low ticket sales amid the pandemic, as well as the need to restructure,” the statement read.
Canceled shows include upcoming productions of Twelfth Night, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, Grand Master Funk and select Jewish Arts Festival events.
The theater’s board is considering financial restructuring options, including potential bankruptcy reorganization.
“We are suspending operations so that we can hopefully navigate through this difficult time towards a new, financially viable future for the company, while honoring REP’s deeply held mission to produce diverse and socially responsible theater of a quality exceptional,” said Abigail Buell, general manager of the theatre. “In recent times, San Diego REP has been subjected to extraordinary financial stressors and challenges, including major flooding of our theater, operating in the midst of an active construction zone, and substantial loss of revenue as a result of the pandemic.
“Much of the funding from multiple sources has not materialized and we have not been able to identify major donors at this time,” she said. “These events have accelerated the REP into an untenable situation. We cannot continue to operate within the same financial model of the past.
Ticket holders for canceled events will be contacted no later than Friday as to options.
Sam Woodhouse, artistic director and co-founder of the theater in 1976, expressed sadness at the move, but hoped for a return to the stage.
“The suspension of operations by San Diego REP is a sad day in the company’s history. But this moment in time also calls for a 360-degree, open-arms thank you and congratulations to the hundreds of theater professionals who have completed 333 productions over REP’s 46-year history,” he said. “The legacy of creative achievement from these productions is deep and lasting.
“Alongside these passionate artists and artisans are the discerning audiences of REP San Diego. I am also grateful to those insatiably curious San Diegans who have inspired all of us at REP to reach a higher level,” Woodhouse said. “Our goal is to bring the REP back stronger, to continue doing provocative and progressive theater, and we’re working towards that future.”
While the San Diego Repertory Theater will suspend productions, the Lyceum Theater will continue to host other community and theatrical events.
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