Posts Tagged ‘Rebecca Medrano’

GALA Hispanic Theatre, Citing Shrinking Grants, Shakes Up Its Season

Earlier today, GALA Hispanic patrons got a worrysome email: Thanks to "the loss of some public funding," the Columbia Heights theater had to postpone its production of i put the fear of Mexico in 'em, an English-language play by Matthew Paul Olmos about immigration. According to GALA co-founder Rebecca Medrano, though, the changes aren't a [...]

Parsing Arena Stage’s Scheduling Changes

In today's Washington Post, Peter Marks and Jacqueline Trescott broke the announcement that Arena Stage has removed two shows from its schedule next spring. One, a musical version of the Laura Esquivel novel Like Water for Chocolate, was postponed over creative difficulties. But the other, Tazewell Thompson's new play Mary T. and Lizzy K., has been [...]

Fed Up: Why Cuts to National Capital Arts Grants Are Disastrous for Small D.C. Arts Groups

When the House Appropriations Committee published the list of federal program cuts in the continuing budget resolution that averted a government shutdown earlier this month, one small cut sent a shockwave across Washington. You probably read about it.
Another got less attention.
The bill keeping the federal government open through the remainder of the 2011 fiscal year [...]

Gray Budget Suggests Taxing D.C. Theaters

Buried on page 86 of Mayor Vincent Gray's proposed budget, released today, is a suggestion that "live theater" be subject to a sales tax.
According the budget's revenue projections, the mayor anticipates that a 6 percent tax on ticket sales would bring the city just less than $2.3 million a year.
Not surprisingly, administrators at D.C. theaters aren't thrilled.
"Oh, [...]

Nonfundraising GALA: The City’s Leading Hispanic Theater Weathers a Funding Crisis

For the GALA Hispanic Theatre in Columbia Heights, the 2009–2010 season has been a perfect storm of financial setbacks. One of them, in fact, was an actual storm.
Attendance dropped with the flagging economy, the Snowpocalypse shuttered the theater’s doors during a critical weekend in February, and, most crippling of all, last summer GALA lost a [...]

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