January 7, 2013, St. Paul, MN — Over 1,400 individuals, corporations and foundations donated $359,000 by December 30, 2012 to Penumbra Theatre Company.
The Penumbra Summer Institute, a nationally recognized three-year arts education and leadership training program, was not impacted by the fall suspension and continues as scheduled. Due to an income shortfall in August, Penumbra made the critical decisions to suspend its fall programming; to reduce its fiscal year 2013 budget by $800,000 including eliminating six full-time staff positions; and to set a goal to raise $340,000 by calendar year end.
Penumbra’s 2013 Spring season includes Spunk, adapted by George C. Wolfe from Three Tales by Zora Neale Hurston, featuring T. Mychael Rambo, Dennis W. Spears, Jevetta Steele, and Austene Van, March 14 — April 7, 2013. Based on the folklore collected by literary icon Zora Neale Hurston, Spunk is a sensuous and witty journey through African American life at the dawn of the 20th century. A rich mixture of storytelling, dance and the blues, Spunk is both a celebration of life and a testament to the travails Black Americans have endured.
Tickets for the play and a full listing of Spring 2013 programming, are on the Penumbra website, which is updated continuously with more details and news, at www.penumbratheatre.org or call the box office at 651-224-3180.
This information was provided by Penumbra Theatre Company, Inc.
Photos courtesy of Penumbra Theatre Company