07 Jul 2014
Facing over $76,000 in back rent, the Next Theatre Company in Evanston, IL, will be forced to leave its current home at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center following the conclusion of the 2014-15 season, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Next Theatre, an Equity company that helped give life to the Off-Broadway musical Adding Machine, has been in residence at the Noyes Cultural Arts Center for over 30 years.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the company has been unable to pay its rent for several years. "Despite city staff efforts to work with the tenant on repayment of the debt, a suitable repayment plan and payment of rent going forward cannot be achieved," City of Evanston council members stated.
City council members are expected to decline the renewal of Next Theatre's lease following the 2014-15 season and will also take action to begin collection on back rent.
Rob Andalman, chairman of Next Theatre's board of directors, cited the economic downturn as well as Chicago's brutal winter as a factor in the theatre's financial state.
"As it is has in the past when hard times have come, the theatre looks to our patrons, audience members and community for the help that will be necessary to right the ship," Andalman stated.
The theatre's upcoming season includes JC Lee's Luce, Shakespeare's Richard III, the world premiere of Jake Jeppson's Turtle and Sean Christopher Lewis' Kiladelphia.
Holed up in a seedy motel on the edge of the Mojave Desert, two former lovers unpack the deep secrets and dark desires of their tangled relationship, passionately tearing each other apart. Led by director Daniel Aukin (Back Back Back at MTC, 4,000 Miles), Tony winner Nina Arianda (Venus in Fur at MTC, Born Yesterday) and Sam Rockwell (A Behanding in Spokane, The Way Way Back) bring an explosive intensity to Sam Shepard’s (Buried Child, True West) landmark myth of the new Wild West.