The rumors are true! After 21 years of producing, to date, 88 productions in 9 venues for a total of 1,599 performances for 129,368 patrons, we have decided to let go of our physical space (the 10th Street Theatre) and discontinue fully-produced seasons.
This decision was based on many factors, among them a significant increase in rent following the end of our current lease in June, a constant struggle for enough financial support to continue growing and without such, too small a staff to evenly distribute an ever-burgeoning workload. The organization has been doing well, meeting ticket goals and enjoying new patrons, however, the day-to-day operations which fall largely to just Chris and myself, are unsustainable.
We have had the time of our lives having had the joy of working with some of the most remarkably talented designers, technicians, actors and musicians; the privilege of being part of an amazing theatre community; the honor of teaching emerging artists who have crossed our paths through internships; and the pleasure of providing an affordable performance space for young companies. We are deeply indebted to our patrons, donors, sponsors, and volunteers – without whom we wouldn’t have come this far. Bravo to all of you!
We are not certain what the next step of our journey will be (outside of possibly sleeping through the month of July), but we plan to continue with some of our outside In Tandem projects and perhaps we’ll produce a one-off here or there in the future. It’s time for something new.
Right now Chris is teaching Acting at Marquette University, and plans to expand his career further into academia in the future. Jane has taken a position as Director of Development for Next Act Theatre; she is usually in the lobby greeting guests on Thursday night performances, so if you catch a show over there, be sure and say “hi”. She would love to see you!
We are keeping the mailing list active, so stay tuned for messages from us, letting you know where and when to we can entertain you. Until then, do yourself a favor and sample the other fine theatrical offerings this wonderful town has in store.
Thank you all for your kind words and wishes!
-Chris and Jane Flieller