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SHAKESPEARE SANTA CRUZ’S sudden demise is an important wake-up call

Good morning theatre friends!

On Monday morning, the regents of UC Santa Santa Cruz unexpectedly (and unceremoniously) announced that it was closing down Shakespeare Santa Cruz in December, ending a 32-year run as one of the nation’s premiere Shakespeare festivals.
While the festival’s financial troubles were well-known to anyone in the theatre world paying attention (the company’s debt nearly shut it down in 2008), the abruptness of this announcement sent shockwaves throughout regional theatre circles. You can read more about the closure, including statements from the regents and representatives of SSC, by clicking HERE.
Whatever the reasons for the closure, it is an important reminder to all of us (patrons and artists alike) to never take the Arts for granted. This is an extremely challenging time for our industry, and it’s our responsibility to do everything in our power to make sure that- above all else- the show goes on. More on this story as it develops out of Santa Cruz— there are still many questions to be answered.
Have a great Thursday, everyone!