Thursday, January 1, 2009

Staged reading series scheduled at STC

Struggling local economy prompts restructuring of Pollock Stage productions

SACRAMENTO, CA. –The Sacramento Theatre Company has made significant changes in their production schedule for 2009 in response to the struggling local economic climate for poor ticket sales and donor support.

The newly named J. Arliss Pollock Stage was scheduled to host STC’s first New Works Festival featuring three new plays to be performed in repertory, and Tobias Andersen’s Illustrated Bradbury based on Ray Bradbury’s brilliant short story collection. The New Works Festival has been consolidated into three staged readings of each of the new plays scheduled, Black Pearl Sings, Brownie Points and Beat Aside Apollo’s Arrow. The Illustrated Bradbury will be postponed until the fall and will be included in STC’s 2009-2010 production season.

"It's important for any arts organization to be extremely prudent during these troubling times,” says Mark Standriff, Managing Director at STC. “The New Works Festival is such an unknown quantity that we felt taking a proactive approach toward reducing production costs without totally eliminating these exciting new plays was the best option for STC. The staged readings will allow us to get important artistic feedback without breaking the bank, while pushing back the Bradbury piece into next season gives us some breathing room to be able to present the show with the resources the work and our audiences deserve."

The staged readings for The New Works Festival will take place in the Pollock Stage January 16th through the 18th and are free to the public. Black Pearl Sings on February 16th at 8 PM, Brownie Points on February 17th at 8 PM and Beat Aside Apollo’s Arrow on February 18th at 2 PM. For more information on the staged readings or to reserve your seat, please call the Wells Fargo Box Office at 916-443-6722.

Click the title of this post to view details on the STC web site.

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