June 17, 1993 |
Despite the cancellation of its 1993 outdoor summer season, GroveShakespeare received a vote of confidence from the City Council even as the last remnants of the Grove's board of trustees decided to seek protection from creditors under federal bankruptcy laws. At the same time, a dissenting council member has charged that the theater company "mishandled" funds awarded by the city in April.
June 16, 1993 |
"We are not the first who, with best meaning, have incurred the worst." --Cordelia in "King Lear" For the first time Tuesday, GroveShakespeare officials admitted without equivocation what has become obvious in the aftermath of the theater company's apparent collapse: Its outdoor summer season has been canceled.
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.
June 14, 1993 |
Say good night, Jules. That is the message GroveShakespeare's acting artistic director Jules Aaron has gotten so far to an appeal for funds to keep the county's second-largest professional theater company from closing.
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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."
June 8, 1993 |
Faced with the impending collapse of their theater company, beleaguered GroveShakespeare officials outlined a plan Monday to rescue the current season and held to a conviction--based on little more than hope--that the classical troupe would survive in the long term.
May 26, 1993 |
Vowing to put on at least two plays in the Festival Amphitheatre here, GroveShakespeare acting artistic director Jules Aaron has hired a well-regarded guest director to stage the opening production in June and is scrambling to keep the beleaguered company's doors open until then.
May 22, 1993 |
The artistic director of GroveShakespeare, Orange County's second-largest professional theater company, has resigned in a stunning move certain to hamper if not cripple or kill its outdoor season at the Festival Amphitheatre here. W. Stuart McDowell, who took over the financially beleaguered troupe little more than a year ago, quit Thursday night at an emergency meeting of the Grove board of trustees, only days before he was to begin rehearsals of the opening show, "King Lear."
May 15, 1993 |
He's been nailed by a kickball, flattened by a geography quiz and snubbed by classmates who make the Secret Service seem personable. And it's not even lunchtime yet. Such are the trials of "The Geek," the title character in Karen Schmitt's children's musical. Produced by GroveShakespeare and recommended for children ages 5 and up, this snack-sized, 45-minute musical closes today at the Gem Theatre.
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."