Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond announced over the weekend it has cancelled all productions for the remainder of the 2016 season after discovering “major damage” to the building earlier this month.
Here’s an explanation posted on Facebook by officials at Masquers Playhouse:
“Dear Friend of the Masquers Playhouse,
In early March, our facilities supervisors discovered major damage to the Playhouse’s primary interior support structure. An immediate investigation told us that the theater should not be reopened to the general public until its structural integrity is restored. By all current indications, this process will take months on end.
With the safety of our audiences in mind, a tandem meeting of the theater’s Board of Directors and Administrative Staff determined that the best course of action was to cancel all productions for the remainder of our 2016 season and shutter the theater until repairs are complete. That means that neither mainstage shows nor Envision productions nor Songbook concerts will run for the rest of the year. (We are currently looking into alternative venues for Stage One, our summer children’s program.)
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our subscribers, our patrons, and our theatrical community both on and off stage.
We will keep you in the loop about current conditions at Masquers. A preliminary report from structural engineers is in the works right now. We should know the extent of the damage within a month, and what measures — monetary or otherwise — will be required to fix it. This will be no small task.
In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding, and please consider making a tax-deductible donation at www.masquers.org. Your donation will be the start of our next great endeavor: getting the Masquers back on its feet!
For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 510.232.3888 and leave a message.
David Cole, Board President
Robert Love, Managing Director”