Penumbra reaches fundraising goal, will resume programming in March

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Photo by Michael Brosilow
The Amen Corner was the last show produced by Penumbra, presented at the Guthrie last spring.
Penumbra Theatre Company, which canceled its fall performances after falling considerably short of its funding needs, raised more than $350,000 by the end of 2012. That additional income means theatrical programming for the venerable African-American troupe resumes in March.

In all, Penumbra raised $359,000 from more than 1,400 donors. The company had faced a considerable shortfall leading into the season, forcing it to cancel several productions and eliminate six staff members.

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As promised when the cuts were announced in September, reaching the fundraising goal means the next show will be Spunk, an adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's Three Tales by George C. Wolfe. The production, which opens in mid-March, will be directed by Patdro Harris and feature an all-star cast of T. Mychael Rambo, Dennis W. Spears, Jevetta Steele, and Austene Van. Other programming, such as the REEL Talk and Let's Talk Theatre, will also be presented in the spring.

Reaching the goal is only one step in Penumbra's efforts to return to fiscal stability. The company has been in financial trouble over the past few years. Part of the 2011-12 season was canceled ahead of the nixing of the first part of the 2012-13 campaign.

The company is also working on developing a seven-year business plan. That will need to be completed by June 30 of this year.



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270 N. Kent St., St. Paul, MN

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