Is Coconut Grove Playhouse Closing Its Doors?

News   Is Coconut Grove Playhouse Closing Its Doors? There is dire news out of Miami for one of South Florida's — and the nation's — oldest professional theatres: Coconut Grove Playhouse has closed its doors, The Miami Herald reported.

The paper reported that a sign on the door of the Miami institution April 12 read, "'Building closed until further notice.'' The paychecks of some theatre personnel have bounced, according to Herald sources.

Calls from Playbill.com to the Equity not-for-profit — which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year — were not returned April 12.

The next production, Sonia Flew, starring Lucie Arnaz, is scheduled to open shortly and Arnaz (a veteran of Playhouse productions) is trying to get the play to continue — even if the theatre cannot.

The Herald reported a CGP board of directors meeting has been called for April 13. Earlier in the week, the institution's producing artistic director Arnold Mittelman received a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Carbonell Awards ceremony, which honors excellence in South Florida theatre.

Arnaz, the Cuban-American daughter of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, is seeking funding from wealthy members of the South Florida Cuban community to sponsor Sonia Flew, about a Cuban-American family. Arnaz and her daughter, Katharine D. Luckinbill, a University of Miami student, are to be featured in the play.

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