Impact of the Sonoma Fire at LET and LBC

First and foremost, we are very glad to hear from so many in the community that are safe and sound in this difficult time. We've heard heart-wrenching stories of loss, amazing stories of survival, and inspiring stories of determination and perspective. So many have lost so much, but a common thread is expressed over and over—the great people in this area will eventually come back stronger than before. Very true.

Many of you have reached out to us wondering about the status of Left Edge Theatre. The good news is our space is intact. Everything east of our space (the atrium, Anova School, and the East auditorium) was decimated by fire. The rest of the Center is intact. Though we narrowly escaped the terrible fire damage at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts, we didn't escape damage altogether. Reportedly, there is smoke and water damage in our space that will prevent us from immediately reopening. In the coming weeks, fire specialists working the LBC management will assess the repair effort to the center and determine what restoration efforts are necessary in order to make the center safe for the public to re-enter. The LBC has assured us they are committed to resuming normal programming as soon as possible, and so are we.

We are regretfully postponing the run of Bakersfield Mist, originally set to premiere on November 3. We are committed to our entire season lineup so the new dates for this show will be announced as soon as we assess the damage first-hand. That also means we may need to adjust our current season performance dates, but the shows will go on as a commitment to our community and art. Additional details are forthcoming and we appreciate your patience.

We don't have a cost assessment to get our theatre back into full operation, but we know it won't be small. Therefore, we are asking for donations towards this effort. Any amount is appreciated and will help us get back on our feet as well as keep our commitment to producing high-quality theatre in Sonoma County.


Thank you for your continued support.

With much appreciation,

Argo Thompson, Artistic Director
April George, Technical Director
Ron Severdia, Artistic Associate
Kimberly Kalember, Artistic Associate
Sandra Ish, Artistic Associate
Paige Picard, PR
Tara Thompson, Box Office Manager

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Monday, 26 August 2019