CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 12, 1993 |
In the latest indication that the county's second-largest professional theater company is about to fold, the entire administrative staff of the cash-starved GroveShakespeare has been laid off. "We're all gone," Don Hayes, a 12-year employee, said Friday. "I'm still here at the box office because I know people will be picking up tickets for tonight's show. But the board of trustees is nowhere to be found."
April 17, 1993 |
W. Stuart McDowell might have received a clue of the uphill climb he has as artistic director of GroveShakespeare when he learned that none of the baby-sitters for his 4-year-old daughter had heard of GroveShakespeare. "And one of them," he adds, pointing out the window of the upstairs lobby in the company's Gem Theatre, "lives four blocks from here." He adds, with a little understatement, "We have some audience development to do."
February 9, 1994 |
The financially beleaguered GroveShakespeare, once the county's second-largest professional theater troupe, has taken its last breath. Jerry O'Brien, an attorney for the company, said Tuesday that "GroveShakespeare is ceasing operations" with outstanding debts of "close to $300,000." The 15-year-old company had folded in all but name in June, when it canceled its 1993 season due to a lack of funds. All but three members of its board of directors resigned shortly afterward.
December 22, 1992 |
GroveShakespeare board president David Krebs denied Monday that the troupe lacks community support--an assertion that officials of the Leo Freedman Foundation made last week when they failed to renew their own financial support of the struggling theater company. Krebs said tickets sales have been up this year. But he also acknowledged that donations from individuals and corporations are down. "I wouldn't say we have a lack of community support," he said.
November 22, 1993 |
In an increasingly desperate effort to gain a new lease on life, GroveShakespeare intends to shift the focus of its programming away from Shakespeare and to change its name to the Grove Pacific Theatre Co. But its director concedes that whatever the company does or calls itself, the prospects for a 1994 season appear dimmer than ever.
June 15, 1993 |
GroveShakespeare, Orange County's second-largest professional theater company, has come apart at its tattered seams. Both the acting artistic director and the president of the board of trustees resigned Monday after disbanding the cast of "King Lear," which was to have opened June 26. The administrative staff was laid off last week. Only one of the nine board members could be found for comment. Meanwhile, the company is carrying a deficit of roughly $200,000, its highest ever.