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The Pearl Theatre Company

Pearl Theatre Shutters

The Pearl Theatre CompanyAfter 33 seasons producing plays with its resident company of actors, The Pearl Theatre Company in New York City has ceased operations.

"Despite this company's continuing critical acclaim, record-setting audiences, and landmark institutional support, the efforts of the artists, staff, and board of trustees simply could not outpace the economic reality of operating a mid-size theater company in Manhattan amid a crowded field of worthy causes," the company said in a statement sent today to patrons.

Since losing its home at Theatre 80 on St. Mark's Place nearly a decade ago, The Pearl has fought to keep theater, arts education, and a resident company of actors thriving in its performance venue on Manhattan's far West Side.

"But, as with many of its peers in the arts community, the continuing pressure of maintaining real estate as a 160-seat non-profit theater proved to be an insurmountable challenge for the company and its steadfast community of supporters," the company statement said. "For three decades, The Pearl has enjoyed dedication, commitment, and support from its audience, its donors, its partners, and its artists. The company deeply thanks those who helped The Pearl realize the creative visions of so many talented artists."

June 7, 2017

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