Theaters Fight For Their Survival

In a recent article by the Hartford Courant Reporter Kenneth R. Gosselin says crisis is coming to the theater district in downtown Hartford. This alarming trend can be found in theater districts throughout the state of Connecticut. Rob Ruggiero of TheaterWorks says “It’s a critical moment that is heading toward crisis.” Prior to the pandemic TheaterWorks subscriptions accounted for annual revenue of about $1 million. That has been cut in half with subscriptions for this season totaling about $500,000. Cynthia Rider of Hartford Stage shared a similar concern. In an interview she revealed that subscriptions are less than half what they were prior to the Pandemic. “We need more donations, more public money, more ticket buyers, all those things,” Rider said. “It’s dire. It’s not a little dire. It’s dire.”

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