In what has now become a familiar fund-raising tune, Theatre in the Square in Marietta is trying to raise enough funds to stay afloat.
The 30-year-old troupe is trying to come up with $60,000 by March 16, said artistic director and theater co-founder Palmer Wells. The full theater board will meet on March 16 to determine whether the theater will present a 31st season or whether it will close for good if the money isn’t secured.
The theater launched an emergency fund-raising drive last year with the goal of raising $350,000 by the end of 2011, with additional $400,000 by the end of June to clear its debt. Wells said the theater has raised around $375,000 so far.
The short-term $60,000 challenge was issued by board chair Mike Russell earlier this month to fellow board members. The money would be to meet payroll and other immediate expenses. Russell reiterated that challenge on Monday during a special meeting of the Marietta City Council to discuss the financial challenges facing the city’s arts groups, Wells said.
Despite the crisis, plans are still on for the opening next week of “Flying West,” a play by Pearl Cleage, he said. ROSALIND BENTLEY