MARTINEZ -- The Willows Theatre Company on Tuesday canceled performances scheduled through the weekend, and its board of directors is expected to meet Wednesday to decide the company's future, according to Dennis Woodard, board president.
The theater company sent e-mails to patrons Tuesday that read in part, "Due to unforeseen circumstances, the remaining performances of 'A Doll's House' have been canceled."
Reached at home Tuesday evening, Woodard acknowledged that the board canceled the remaining performances of the play due to "financial issues." But Woodard declined to say whether the company is closing permanently, if it plans to file for bankruptcy or whether ticket holders will receive refunds.
"We're meeting tomorrow night and we'll decide what were going to do. The public will know, the press will know and it will be pretty clear," he said.
Woodard said the Willows' website is down because someone "inadvertently deleted it when they were trying to make some changes" and the staff who manage the site are out of the country. He also said employees haven't been fired, but declined to say how many people are on the payroll.
On Monday, Martinez Mayor Rob Schroder -- whose mother-in-law is a Willows board member -- said the Willows is closing its theater in Concord and cabaret in downtown Martinez. The city is paying $250,000 over five years to rent the Campbell Theatre, which houses the cabaret. Under the terms
Woodard did not return calls from this newspaper on Monday seeking comment. But Tuesday night, he said, "I think (Schroder) misspoke because we haven't made that decision yet."
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