October 13, 2008
Bob Merzoian, President, Barn Theater Board of Directors
As many of you are aware, the Barn Theater has had a most difficult
time in recent months. Your Board of Directors has been working and
collaborating feverishly to solve several serious issues facing our
theater. I will briefly address several of the most pressing problems.
1. Insurance: Our current policy expires December 5th. The insurer
has made it clear we will be "dropped". We were given a list of their
concerns to address, but even in so doing, the "bottom line" is they
have no intention of renewing the policy. Naturally, without
insurance we could no longer operate. We established a plan-of-action
and have been working on it ever since. Here a few key points
concerning insurance and other issues to review.
a. One of the infrastructural issues is roof and support beam
repair. Required work is underway. We have employed Dennis Townsend
and Smith Roofing to design and repair. We hope to have the job
completed by early November.
b. Electrical and plumbing upgrades: Bids have been collected and
work will begin shortly.
c. Dishwasher: Funds have been gathered to finally add a
commercial grade dishwasher to our kitchen. Money for the fund was,
in part, raised by our recent Dinner Theater weekend (a smashing
success...thanks Caroline Harris, cast, and Kitchen Production staff).
d. New insurer: Our Insurance Committee members are currently
searching out a new insurance company. We expect with the above- mentioned repairs and upgrades completed, we should be able to obtain
coverage from a new company. It is critical we have one in place by
the end of November.
2. The second more obvious problem we face is the lack of a complete
play season. We decided to postpone the new season until January,
feeling it was necessary due to our unclear insurance future. The
discussion at our recent board meetings was the realization that our
building may have to be closed during repair work. There seemed to be
no sense in committing to a the Fall season if the normal availability
of the Barn was doubtful. We plan to start the upcoming 2009 season
with the "dramedy", Same Time Next Year. The following two
productions will be confirmed once we are assured our insurance and
building improvement. Therefore, we have not begun season ticket
sales and program advertising. These two promotions are also idled
until further notice. We will alert you faithful Barn supporters when
tickets are available.
Finally, in spite of a couple of rather shocking and ill-advised
newspaper stories being published discussing the demise of the Barn
Theater, we not only continue to survive, but plan to prosper and also
improve every phase of our theater and its offerings. We have a new
attitude and a feeling in vigor and confidence and know that you will
be pleased with the "new" and revitalized Barn Theater.
In-the-meantime, look for various fund raisers this Fall and into next
year. Details are available here on the website now and in the future.
And, of course, any ideas, constructive criticism, and financial aid
you may wish to offer would, and is always, appreciated.