When Jason Southerland took the stage this month to accept two of the city's most prestigious theater awards for his production of "Angels in America," he knew what many in the audience did not: that the play, a critical and popular hit, may well have pushed his company, Boston Theatre Works, out of
The ambitious production of the two-part, four-hour Pulitzer
Prize-winning play, which sold out seats at the Calderwood Pavilion in January, left the company in dire financial straits, forcing it to cancel two of the season's scheduled remaining shows and leaving its future uncertain.
Like the popular Irish-themed Sugan Theatre Company - which went on hiatus in 2006 and has yet to return - Boston Theatre Works is one of several local arts groups struggling to grow amid the reality of tight budgets and limited resources. Snappy Dance Theater, which has been featured in national
magazines and celebrated its 10th anniversary last year, was forced to close its doors this year for financial reasons.
Monday, May 26, 2008
Sobering News on the Arts Front
This from the Globe: