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Minnesota troupe regroups

June 24, 2008|Diane Haithman

The home of Minneapolis' Tony Award-winning Theatre de la Jeune Lune will be sold to repay a $1-million debt.

The organization -- whose name translates from the French as "Theater of the New Moon" -- was founded in 1978 by Barbra Berlovitz and Parisians Vincent Gracieux and Dominique Serrand, the theater's artistic director. The company divided its time between the United States and Paris before settling in Minneapolis in 1985. It received the Tony in 2005 as the nation's outstanding regional theater.

In addition to the sale of its building, the company anticipates a significant reduction of artistic and administrative staff effective July 31.

In a statement posted on the organization's website, Serrand said: "We are exploring ways to reinvent an agile, nomadic, entrepreneurial theatre with a new name. . . . Fear not: The art is alive and coming soon to a theatre near you."

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-- Diane Haithman

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