Beckmann Theatre folds

The Beckmann Theatre–named for Robert D. Beckmann Jr., first president of the Arts Council of Indianapolis–announced today that it will cease operations.

“Given the current economic climate and competition for entertainment dollars and sponsorships, the Beckmann Theatre has made the painful decision to cease operations,” the company announced in a press release.

You should be forgiven if you aren’t familiar with the company. Founded in 2002, the professional theater never offered a full season. Its ad hoc productions included David Mamet’s “American Buffalo” at the Phoenix Theatre and a 2005 site-specific presentation of David Schanker’s “Asylum.” It also hosted a number of reading of Schanker’s in-development play play about the Tony Kiritsis Monument Circle hostage incident.

The company stated that, after paying its bills, leftover funds will be donated to the Beckmann Emerging Artist Fund at the Arts Council of Indianapolis.

My only experience with the Beckmann was attending one of its benefit cabaret productions. Have you see any? Your thoughts?

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