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Intiman Raises $1 Million—The Show Will Go On

The regional theater will reopen this summer with a four-play festival.

By Laura Dannen February 7, 2012

Photo courtesy Ali Mohamed el-Gasseir.

Back in business (From left) Directors Allison Narver, Andrew Russell, and Valerie Curtis-Newton take the reins of Intiman’s 2012 summer festival.

With the help of 1,000 investors, Tony-winning regional theater Intiman met its $1 million goal —enough to go forward with a 2012 summer festival. Intiman’s board of trustees voted unanimously last night to reopen the theater after a budget crisis crippled its 2011 season nine months ago.

“We’ve taken the last nine months to regroup, reorganize and strategize on how best to seize this opportunity, and we’re so thrilled this community has rallied to help us blaze towards the finish line,” artistic director Andrew Russell said in a statement. “We’re here because of them, no question."

With the funds in place, Intiman will relaunch under Russell with a four-play summer festival slated for July and August. The 2012 season is the group effort of the company’s new multidisciplinary collective and 12-actor repertory, featuring an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet, staged within the context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, starring Marya Sea Kaminski with choreography by former PNB principal Olivier Wevers; a contemporary two-act play by director Valerie Curtis-Newton set inside the theater and in the courtyard; and an original show by Dan Savage.

The theater still has sizable debt, which it will pay off over time, but the $1 million pledges will go toward the festival. Subscription tickets from 2011 will be honored this year.

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