4th Wall Theatre To Close Doors In December

4th Wall Theatre To Close Doors In December

This morning, Artistic Director's Kim Tobin-Lehl and Philip Lehl announced that 4th Wall Theatre will be closing its doors this December. Check out the statement below.

This is to share some difficult news that compels us to say goodbye as theater managers and producers to the Houston Theatre community, to our audience, and to our fellow artists who have engaged with Stark Naked / 4th Wall Theater for the past seven years with dedication and passion. Simply put, 4th Wall is not sustainable because there isn't enough private and public funding or ticket revenue to keep it going without cutbacks to artists' salaries, which is contrary to our mission. As a result 4th Wall Theatre will shut down.

We will continue with our September production of DISGRACED by Ayad Ahktar and our holiday production of RECKLESS, by Craig Lucas.

Our last performance will be December 16th, 2017.

The goal of the company has always been to contribute great art to the cultural landscape and to advocate for artists' salaries, so the decision to close the theatre was not an easy one. This is made a little less painful since our relationship with the community will not end here. We will become more focused on advocacy for artists' rights and pay, and we will leverage our first-hand knowledge and experience championing this issue to make a greater impact in this vein.

We will always be grateful for and appreciative to all the artists, subscribers, volunteers, and audiences who supported 4th Wall. We have so many wonderful memories; one that stands out is the joy we felt during our production of Edward Albee's WHO'S AFRAID OF Virginia Woolf? We both were playing dream roles, to sold out houses, with a crack cast, led by a wonderful director, and in designs by some of the best theatre artists in Houston. We knew then and remember now that attaining dreams like that happened because of the support of the Houston community.

All current season subscribers and donors who committed to the full season will be contacted directly.

So, while 4th Wall has completed its journey, its mission will go on and we will continue to exist as a movement dedicated to improving the arts in our city.

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