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Colony Theatre in Burbank says it is financially stable, for now

July 11, 2013|By David Ng
  • Colony Theatre artistic director Barbara Beckley, left, and executive director Trent Steelman. Beckley says: "We are stabilized but you never know what the future holds."
Colony Theatre artistic director Barbara Beckley, left, and executive… (Raul Roa / Glendale News…)

Leaders of the financially troubled Colony Theatre in Burbank said that they have achieved a measure of stability and that they are moving forward with a new season, scheduled to begin in September. 

In the fall, the 38-year-old Colony was on the brink of shutting down and was looking to raise $500,000 by the end of 2012. While the company missed that deadline, leaders said they eventually raised the money with significant help from an individual donor and a grant from the Marilyn P. & Wayne H. Kohl Memorial Fund.

The Colony declined to name the individual donor, except to say that he is a longtime subscriber who wishes to remain anonymous. They also declined to say how much they have received from the Kohl fund.

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"We are stabilized but you never know what the future holds," artistic director Barbara Beckley said in a phone interview. 

The company hopes to raise a total of $1 million for the new season with the help of subscription renewals. 

Despite nearly closing last season, the Colony managed to mount productions of "Falling for Make Believe" in April and "I'll be Back before Midnight" in February. A production in November of "The Morini Strad" was saved at the last minute by donations.

The Colony operates a 268-seat theater in the Burbank Town Center mall. The company was founded in 1975 and was based for many years in a 99-seat space in Silver Lake. It moved to its current location in Burbank in 2000.

The new season will include Daniel Beaty's "Breath and Imagination" (Sept. 14 to Oct. 13); Tom Dudzick's "Miracle on South Division Street" (Nov. 9 to Dec. 15); Lissa Levin's "Sex and Education" (Feb. 15 to March 16); and a revival of James Goldman's "The Lion in Winter" (April 19 to May 7).

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