Seattle's Financially Troubled Empty Space Theatre Remains Open

News   Seattle's Financially Troubled Empty Space Theatre Remains Open
 
Seattle's flailing Empty Space Theatre — which shut down production in October 2004 — has reached its emergency fundraising goal of $350,000 and will be able to reopen its doors, according to the Seattle Times.

The more than 30-year-old non-profit professional theater raised $403,865 — enough money to pay off its debt and provide subscribers with a two-play season.

Empty Space managing director Steve Galatro told the paper 2,239 people contributed donations averaging $176. The only large sums came from The Boeing Co. ($8,000) and foundations Lucky Seven ($25,000) and Breneman Jaech ($10,000). A last minute $50,000 gift which pushed the company beyond its goal came from an anonymous donor.

The company is known for its dedication to new works and young professionals not broached by its competing venues. Founded in 1970, the company currently resides in the Fremont district of Seattle.

Seattle's ACT Theatre underwent financial troubles in 2003 and was also able to stay open thanks to generous community support.

The company looks to re-open its box office Feb. 15 for rescheduled shows Biro (April 2-23) and Stupid Kids (June 3-26). For more information, call (206) 547-7500 or visit www.emptyspace.org.

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