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November 19, 2012 | By David Ng
The financially troubled Reprise Theatre Company says it has hired Stephen Eich, an L.A. theater veteran, to help lead its efforts to reorganize during its self-imposed hiatus.  The company is hoping to relaunch sometime in the summer of 2013, said actor Jason Alexander, who is Reprise's artistic director. In February, Reprise announced that it was suspending its mainstage productions due to weak projected ticket sales and a dismal financial outlook. The company, founded in 1997, has produced revivals of popular and lesser-known stage musicals at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.  Eich has come on board as a consulting producer with the hope that he will join the company on a permanent basis, Alexander said.
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July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles. The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules. But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding.
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March 8, 2009 | Diane Haithman
He will likely never steal the title from Johnny Cash -- but during eight years as managing director of Geffen Playhouse, Stephen Eich was always the theater's unofficial "Man in Black." Chatting up patrons in the lobby on opening nights, Eich's monochromatic fashion statement was perhaps more distinctive because he stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 220 pounds.
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June 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Jason Alexander has shed some more light on the recent demise of Reprise Theatre Company. The "Seinfeld" veteran had served as artistic director of the Los Angeles musical theater organization since 2007 and has appeared in several of its productions. Reprise went on hiatus last year, citing financial hardship and problems in expanding its audience base. This week, the 15-year-old company sent a letter to subscribers saying that it has officially ceased operations. Alexander said in a statement sent to The Times that Reprise was able to raise some "generous funding" during its hiatus, but was still not able to proceed financially without risk.
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May 30, 2008
Back to the prairie: Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls in the 1970s TV series "Little House on the Prairie," will portray the frontier character's mother in a musical version of the "Little House" books that will open at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis this summer. -- Moving on: Stephen Eich, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company veteran who came to Westwood's Geffen Playhouse as managing director in 2000, will end his tenure there in mid-June to pursue other theatrical projects.
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June 25, 2013 | By David Ng
It's officially curtains for Reprise, the Los Angeles theater company founded in 1997 that has brought numerous musical revival productions to the Freud Stage at UCLA. The company, which has been on hiatus since early 2012, cited its inability to raise funds for the decision to permanently shut down. Reprise sent an email to subscribers this week notifying them that the company is ceasing operations. "We spent the past sixteen months on hiatus to explore different sources of funding, possible new venues, and the potential of expanding our programming," the email said.
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October 1, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The Pasadena Playhouse isn't about to close its doors, but its new executive director, Stephen Eich, said that it needs a "cash infusion" of more than $1 million by year's end to begin the coming 2010 season confident that it can improve the "hand-to-mouth" existence it has fallen into since the economy soured. Eich, who left a similar job at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse in 2008, said the main problems at the Pasadena Playhouse are a long-term inherited debt of $1.4 million that it has been carrying since 1994 and a more recent drop in donations since the economy tanked a year ago. Now, Eich said, the playhouse needs to raise money quickly to cover $500,000 to $600,000 worth of bills and get out from behind the eight ball as it starts the new season.
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June 28, 2013 | By David Ng
Jason Alexander has shed some more light on the recent demise of Reprise Theatre Company. The "Seinfeld" veteran had served as artistic director of the Los Angeles musical theater organization since 2007 and has appeared in several of its productions. Reprise went on hiatus last year, citing financial hardship and problems in expanding its audience base. This week, the 15-year-old company sent a letter to subscribers saying that it has officially ceased operations. Alexander said in a statement sent to The Times that Reprise was able to raise some "generous funding" during its hiatus, but was still not able to proceed financially without risk.
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September 13, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Sheldon Epps has renewed his contract as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, and Elizabeth Doran will join him as its new executive director after nearly four years as managing director of the Actors' Gang in Culver City. Epps has led the company since 1997 and helped see it through the 2010 financial crisis in which the playhouse closed for eight months, then emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After shedding more than $1 million in debt, it has regained its balance with two successful seasons, winning good reviews for four of the five plays staged in 2011-12.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 9, 2013 | By David Ng
For 15 years, Reprise Theatre Company brought musical-theater favorites and rarities to devoted audiences at UCLA's Freud Playhouse and other venues on the Westside of Los Angeles. The company managed to draw top-notch Broadway actors and directors, and developed a reputation for mounting quality productions on non-Broadway budgets and rehearsal schedules. But financial problems crept up on Reprise and the company went on hiatus early last year. Last month, leaders sent a letter to subscribers saying that they had decided to permanently lower the curtain, citing the inability to find "sustained funding.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 25, 2013 | By David Ng
It's officially curtains for Reprise, the Los Angeles theater company founded in 1997 that has brought numerous musical revival productions to the Freud Stage at UCLA. The company, which has been on hiatus since early 2012, cited its inability to raise funds for the decision to permanently shut down. Reprise sent an email to subscribers this week notifying them that the company is ceasing operations. "We spent the past sixteen months on hiatus to explore different sources of funding, possible new venues, and the potential of expanding our programming," the email said.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 19, 2012 | By David Ng
The financially troubled Reprise Theatre Company says it has hired Stephen Eich, an L.A. theater veteran, to help lead its efforts to reorganize during its self-imposed hiatus.  The company is hoping to relaunch sometime in the summer of 2013, said actor Jason Alexander, who is Reprise's artistic director. In February, Reprise announced that it was suspending its mainstage productions due to weak projected ticket sales and a dismal financial outlook. The company, founded in 1997, has produced revivals of popular and lesser-known stage musicals at UCLA's Freud Playhouse.  Eich has come on board as a consulting producer with the hope that he will join the company on a permanent basis, Alexander said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 13, 2012 | By Mike Boehm, Los Angeles Times
Sheldon Epps has renewed his contract as artistic director of the Pasadena Playhouse, and Elizabeth Doran will join him as its new executive director after nearly four years as managing director of the Actors' Gang in Culver City. Epps has led the company since 1997 and helped see it through the 2010 financial crisis in which the playhouse closed for eight months, then emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy. After shedding more than $1 million in debt, it has regained its balance with two successful seasons, winning good reviews for four of the five plays staged in 2011-12.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 1, 2009 | Mike Boehm
The Pasadena Playhouse isn't about to close its doors, but its new executive director, Stephen Eich, said that it needs a "cash infusion" of more than $1 million by year's end to begin the coming 2010 season confident that it can improve the "hand-to-mouth" existence it has fallen into since the economy soured. Eich, who left a similar job at Westwood's Geffen Playhouse in 2008, said the main problems at the Pasadena Playhouse are a long-term inherited debt of $1.4 million that it has been carrying since 1994 and a more recent drop in donations since the economy tanked a year ago. Now, Eich said, the playhouse needs to raise money quickly to cover $500,000 to $600,000 worth of bills and get out from behind the eight ball as it starts the new season.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 8, 2009 | Diane Haithman
He will likely never steal the title from Johnny Cash -- but during eight years as managing director of Geffen Playhouse, Stephen Eich was always the theater's unofficial "Man in Black." Chatting up patrons in the lobby on opening nights, Eich's monochromatic fashion statement was perhaps more distinctive because he stands 6 feet 1 and weighs 220 pounds.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 30, 2008
Back to the prairie: Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls in the 1970s TV series "Little House on the Prairie," will portray the frontier character's mother in a musical version of the "Little House" books that will open at the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis this summer. -- Moving on: Stephen Eich, a Steppenwolf Theatre Company veteran who came to Westwood's Geffen Playhouse as managing director in 2000, will end his tenure there in mid-June to pursue other theatrical projects.
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November 20, 2012 | By David C. Nichols
Would that all indie films translated to the stage as well as “86'd” at Theatre 68. Jon Polito and Darryl Armbruster's dark comedy about collective moral equivalency in a late-night diner weathers some blips in tone and casting to hold us in uncomfortably laughing thrall. Based on the 1996 direct-to-video “Just Your Luck,” written by Todd Alcott and Gary Auerbach , “86'd” occupies an archetypal lower Manhattan greasy spoon, superbly designed by Danny Cistone . At rise, veteran cop Carl (Ed Dyer)
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