Burbank's Theatre Banshee Has Closed Its Doors Permanently

News   Burbank's Theatre Banshee Has Closed Its Doors Permanently
The LA Times reports that Theatre Banshee in Burbank, CA, closed its doors Dec. 1 after 20 years due to a massive rent increase.

On Nov. 25, a post on Theatre Banshee's Facebook page read: "It is with heavy hearts that we post the sad news that The Banshee will be closing [its] doors Dec. 1. This fall we were hit with a sudden and drastic increase in our rent. We explored many options, none of which were able to cope with the new level of rent. This Thanksgiving, we give our thanks to our wonderful artists who came together in this remarkable venue to create theatre for more than twenty years. And we give our deep thanks to our donors and patrons for supporting our theatrical creations. This is not the end of Theatre Banshee, but it is the end of this chapter which took place on Magnolia Blvd. Our thanks to you all."

Sean Branney, co-founder and artistic director of the theatre, told the LA Times that the theatre was forced to close due to a "sudden and massive increase in our rent."

The company specialized in producing works by Irish playwrights.

Theatre Banshee has produced such works as Macbeth, Of Mice and Men, Mine Eyes Hath Seen and more.

The company's website states: "Theatre Banshee is a non-profit professional theatre company founded in 1994 in the Los Angeles area. Company founders Sean Branney and Leslie Baldwin set out to create live theatre which excites, engages and entertains audiences. We believe theatre is a vital part of our cultural landscape, and we're dedicated to making outstanding productions accessible to all. While we specialize in the plays and playwrights of Ireland, we seek to create drama that illuminates humanity at large."

Branney and Baldwin are currently working on a new play that they plan to bring to the Galway Arts Festival and then on the road.

For more information on Theatre Banshee, click here.

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