Deep Dish Theater to CloseApril 27th, 2016
After 15 years of producing plays in Chapel Hill, the Deep Dish Theater Company is closing its doors.
Founding Artistic Director Paul Frellick made the announcement, noting the he and the theater's Executive Board had decided to close after a lengthy effort to find a future home for Deep Dish.
"We were until very recently optimistic that we could find a place that would make sense for us financially and accommodate the kind of work we were committed to presenting," Frellick wrote in an email to the theater's supporters. "We have looked in all directions, explored a variety of properties, consulted with possible partners, but to no avail. Ultimately, in order to operate in sustainable fashion, we needed to double our audience and expand our programming, a process that would take us a couple of years at best and probably longer; we just couldn't find a way to finance those intervening years and cover the costs of building or upfitting a new theater space."
Frellick wrote that "it's been immensely gratifying these past few months to receive so much encouragement and support from those who missed us and anxiously awaited our return. I wish we could have done so." And he added that "it's been a wonderful decade-and-a-half, and I will never forget a moment of it."
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]Theater mourns loss of long-time board member David LedererMarch 11th, 2016(A remembrance by Artistic Director Paul Frellick)
The Deep Dish Theater lost a great friend Saturday night. Officially, David Lederer was our Board Treasurer for the last 10 years, but unofficially and more importantly, he was the keeper of the faith, an outspoken champion of our accomplishments and a fervent flag-bearer for our organization.
David brought great business savvy and an entrepreneurial spirit to our enterprise, as well as a love of theater from the perspective of both audience and producer. He was thoughtful and kind, warm and generous, with a roguish wit and unflagging high spirits.
I met him when he invited me to speak to the Chapel Hill Newcomers Group, and soon after that he offered his services to the theater as a board member. But that term couldn't begin to encompass the array of services David performed for Deep Dish--he threw parties, he draughted blueprints for theater spaces, he trained business staff, he installed seating into our space, etc. etc. etc.
Most of all, he was a wonderful colleague, one who understood the challenges of the work at hand and the ephemeral nature of the rewards. I was never as proud of our work as when I was listening to him espouse it. He was a businessman who loved the arts and understood how the two can and must go hand-in-hand; he was also a man of considerable accomplishment who loved artists and was always anxious to help solve even the tiniest problem.
Just days before his death he was grappling with several challenges in our search for a space for the theater--extensive chemo- and radiation therapy could not distract him. Consequently, his passing surprised all of us, as he appeared to be taking everything in stride, as usual.
He will be missed mightily by his many friends and his loving family, and I know I will not be alone in looking to the greatness of his spirit as a continuing inspiration. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to know David and to have shared this great theatrical adventure with him.
A memorial service is being planned for Saturday, March 19, at 1 pm at the Community Church of Chapel Hill Unitarian Universalist, 106 Purefoy Road.
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]Deep Dish Theater Concludes 15th Season at University PlaceFebruary 20th, 2016
The Deep Dish Theater concluded its fifteenth season with two acclaimed productions in rotating repertory. Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard
and Outside Mullingar
by John Patrick Shanley were the final productions to be seen in Deep Dish's performance space in University Place.
On Sunday, November 15, actors, designers, directors, administrators, board members and patrons gathered to toast the theater's 15 successful years. Founding Artistic Director Paul Frellick thanked everyone who'd helped make possible the over 60 productions mounted in that time and expressed his admiration for the fiercely talented people with whom he'd had the chance to work.
No productions are currently planned for the Spring, as Frellick and the theater's Executive Board continue the search for a new performance space--one that could accommodate a larger audience and afford opportunities to tackle new challenges.
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