Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group Cancels Much of Season Amid Partial Staff Layoff | Playbill

Los Angeles News Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group Cancels Much of Season Amid Partial Staff Layoff

The company is citing continued pandemic aftereffects as the reason for the financial troubles.

Financial woes have forced some tough measures at Los Angeles' Center Theatre Group, which announced June 15 that it will pause season programming at the Mark Taper Forum beginning in July.

One casualty of that move will be the cancellation of the planned world premiere for Thanksgiving Play writer Larissa FastHorse's Fake It Until You Make It, though the company says it still plans to present the work in an upcoming season. Also canceled is Cambodian Rock Band, which was scheduled to play the Los Angeles theatre following earlier engagements at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, Houston's Alley, and Seattle's ACT/5th Avenue.

"Center Theatre Group ... continues to feel the aftereffects of the pandemic and has been struggling to balance ever-increasing production costs with significantly reduced ticket revenue and donations that remain behind 2019 levels," reads a statement released by the theatre's leaders. "We are still facing a crisis unlike any other in our 56-year history." The statement goes on to say CTG is "taking significant restructuring measures to build a vibrant and sustainable organization that can navigate this new paradigm." According to the Los Angeles Times, those restructuring measures include laying off roughly 10% of the full-time staff.

The theatre will continue producing work at the Ahmanson in Los Angeles and the Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City, with programming to be announced.

The news comes about two months after the company named Snehal Desai its new artistic director—he's scheduled to officially join the company in August.

CTG is currently presenting A Transparent Musical, based on the Amazon Prime series, at the Taper. The production will be the company's final offering at the Taper for the foreseeable future, with performances continuing through June 25.

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