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Soho Repertory Theatre Recovers Financial Losses From Canceled Gala

The theater community joined together to dig the theater out of its deficit. logo
Soho Rep.'s gala patrons standing outside after the evacuation from the Angel Orensanz Center on March 31.
(© Ahron R. Foster)

Since disaster struck Soho Repertory Theatre's annual gala on March 31, when a cracked support beam inside the Angel Orensanz Center forced an emergency evacuation and an early end to its largest fundraising effort of the year, the theater community has rallied behind the company to bring it back to a state of financial security.

After the cancellation of the gala, along with its on-site auction, Soho Rep. was left with a projected end-of-fiscal-year deficit of $68,000. Now, following a successful fundraising campaign, the theater has announced that it has met its financial goals with the help of a $19,300 emergency grant from the Dramatists Guild Fund, appeals by director Daniel Aukin and playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, and a call for support from Playwrights Horizons to the New York theater community. These and other fundraising efforts raised $48,700 from over 170 artists, nonprofit theaters, and supporters.

"It was incredibly surprising and heartening when Rachel Routh called to tell us that the Dramatist Guild Fund had decided to give Soho Rep. an emergency grant of $19,300 — exactly what we needed to end our year with a balanced budget," said Soho Rep.'s Executive Director Cynthia Flowers. "That kind of generous and immediate response is truly exceptional, even among funders like the Dramatist Guild Fund who already do so much good work for writers and theaters across the country. It's one extraordinary example of the wonderful people and organizations that came together to help us recover after a very disappointing moment this spring. We feel so fortunate to be a part of such an amazing community."