Magazine article American Theatre

News in Brief

Magazine article American Theatre

News in Brief

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HOUSTON: In August, more than 50 inches of rain fell in southeast Texas and Louisana due to Hurricane Harvey. At press time, officials estimated that 70 people have died while 30,000 required housing in emergency shelters. Local theatres were also affected, among them the Alley; its basement-level theatre, lobby, and dressing rooms were flooded. The theatre also lost power. The Alley has moved two of its season shows off-site: Describe the Night by Rajiv Joseph (Sept. 15-Oct. 15), and Cleo by Lawrence Wright (Sept. 29-Oct. 22). The Alley estimates damages from Harvey will be more than $10 million, and its building will not have power restored until November. To donate to the Alley, or any other theatres affected by Harvey, visit: americantheatre.org/2017/08/28/houston-theatres-survey-the-damage/

Unrelated to Harvey, 4th Wall Theatre Company has announced that it will close its doors at the end of the year. The seven-year-old company cited a shortfall in ticket revenue and funding. The company's final show will be a revival of Reckless by Craig Lucas (Nov. 30-Dec. 16).

CAMBRIDGE, MASS.: In January, the U.S. Department of Education (ED) released a list of hundreds of colleges that saddle students with more debt than they can afford to repay given average expected incomes for their field of endeavor. That list included for-profit colleges such as ITT Technical Institutes and the Art Institute of Phoenix, but it also included the American Repertory Theater Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University. …

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