The 17-day festival in Charleston, North Carolina, opened on May 27. It has a total budget of $7.2 million.
Officials said at a board meeting on May 30 that they expect to raise enough money to close the gap by the end of the season. For each of the last nine years, the festival has opened with a deficit but completed its fiscal year with a surplus, director Nigel Redden said.
Redden also said that a preview performance of Mabou Mines DollHouse, a reimagining of Ibsen's A Doll's House by Lee Breuer, had suffered from technical difficulties and that audience members had been offered free tickets to a another performance. "Anyone who saw the preview performance Thursday saw a veritable train wreck," he said.