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September 3, 2009
Local theater company calls it quits

The quirky, adventuresome Beyond the Proscenium Productions announced Thursday that it's calling it quits. "After a series of unfortunate occurrences, the board of directors has decided that BPP has already served its mission to enrich the cultural climate of Sacramento," a theater company press release said.
"Personal matters coupled with dwindling arts funding" were cited as "sealing the deal to close the tent."
The company was found in 1994 with two goals, according to founding artistic director Ann Tracy: "to expand the styles of theater produced in town (and) to pay the actors and other artists at least a small stipend." Sacramento now has "new theater companies that weren't out there in '94, staging provocative new works by up and coming playwrights," Tracy said.
Among the shows presented by BPP are the one-act performance piece "Dancing With Desire: A Poetic Fandango with the Erotic and the Bawdy," which it presented at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland; "Angels in America, Part One: Millennium Approaches in 1998 and "Part Two: Perestroika" in 1999, "Orestes 2.5," Tracy's adaptation of Euripides' "Orestes" in 2002; "The Al Hamlet Summit" by Sulayman Al-Bassam in 2006 and "Symphony of Rats" by Richard Foreman in 2008. The company's last production was "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" in May.

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