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Sunday, October 26, 2008

The Drums of Doom

posted by on October 26 at 20:06 PM

Due to financial stresses, the Seattle Rep is closing its Three Musketeers a week early, according to a source affiliated with the theater. The new close date is November 9.

This is the first in what will surely be a litany of closures, cancellations, and upheavals in Seattle theater for the next several years.

Just a few days ago, Rep managing director Ben Moore told me that by next year, the Rep would be a “different organization.” He said he has been in the theater business for 40 years, and that “people who should be in the know” say this is the worst economic forecast they’ve ever seen.

He suggested that if the Rep could make changes to its organization and production schedule now, it would. But, being in the middle of a season, it has to make good on its commitments.

Looks like things have worsened in those few days.

Incidentally, Jane Zalutsky, the president of the Rep’s board, is a vice-president at the newly bankrupt WaMu.

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Jane Zalutsky ran One Reel, the company who brings us Bumbershoot, for many years. Her background is in non-profit management where she is well respected. It was surprising that she went to WaMu.

Posted by black turtleneck | October 26, 2008 8:25 PM

Isn't the Rep part of Seattle Center? It would seem to me that non-profits like this, that are using city property that would otherwise be empty liabilities on the nights they are dark, might be able to re-negotiate just about everything: Rent, utilities, etc.

Take it from Paul.

Posted by Paul Raver | October 26, 2008 8:28 PM

it needed more fight scenes.

Posted by Bellevue Ave | October 26, 2008 8:47 PM

Um, yeah. Three Musketeers?

Not exactly the canary in the coal mine.

Posted by Matthew | October 26, 2008 9:12 PM

nonprofit management? Sounds like a perfect fit for a company like Wamu.

Posted by har har | October 26, 2008 9:20 PM

Maybe it's because the Three Musketeers was aimed at a middle school audience. Not exactly high class theater. I know the rep can do better, though! I hope they make it through.

Posted by saw it | October 26, 2008 10:57 PM

Brendan, the arts here are going to take an awful hit from this economy. I suggest we start a nascent WPA-style theater system.

Posted by Jubilation T. Cornball | October 26, 2008 11:14 PM

Jane Zalutsky is a VP in Brand Marketing, which is part of Marketing, which is part of Retail Banking. She is essentially middle management. She is not THE vice president of the company. she was never vice president of the company. Something some people do not get about the corporate world is that everyone and their great aunt is a vice president of something. It is no longer a title with much esteem.

The thing is that you will not dig the extra two inches to find this information out. You will shovel it to the masses to make yourself look smart and to prove whatever the hell it is that you are trying to prove. Honestly, how come you never talked about how former WaMu CEO Kerry Killinger was also Chairman of the Board at Safeco (eh-hem, Liberty Mutual?)? You could have actually had fun with that.

By the Way. Washington Mutual Inc. is bankrupt, not WaMu. WaMu is a division of a really fucking big bank.

Read a bit. Reading is fun.

Posted by Tired of lazy stranger staff | October 27, 2008 12:08 AM

He wrote "a vice president," not "THE vice president."

Posted by Tired of people who can't even read a blog without fucking up | October 27, 2008 12:36 AM

#5 FTW

Posted by NJ Matt | October 27, 2008 3:13 AM

I know, but what are misinformed and gullable Stranger readers going to think of when they hear Vice President?

If you put her whole title it is not at all as impressive or relevant.

Posted by Yes | October 27, 2008 7:25 AM

@11. Most people I know realize that a VP title at a bank/financial services company doesn't really mean much. But, if it makes you feel good to rant about how stupid the Stranger and its readers are, go for it.

Posted by Julie in Chicago | October 27, 2008 7:37 AM

@7: Seen this?

Porgy & Bitches, yo. It's a brilliant idea.

Posted by Bee | October 27, 2008 9:28 AM

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