Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Wildfires Force Closure Of La Jolla And Old Globe Theatres

Wildfires Force Closure Of La Jolla And Old Globe Theatres

On the Left Coast, the tragic news consuming the media is the voracious wildfires burning out of control.

According to separate Playbill stories, both the La Jolla Playhouse (which is currently dark) and the Old Globe Theatres (currently home to the Broadway-bound A Catered Affair) are closed.

Apparently, while the fires are not currently posing a direct threat to either beloved theatre, the La Jolla Playhouse staff was evacuated yesterday and office remain closed today. Performances at the Old Globe for this evening were cancelled.

It's my understanding that due to road closures and appeals to keep routes open to emergency traffic, everything from schools to parks in the San Diego area have closed. Emergency officials are asking for food and water for evacuees and told those still in their homes to cut electrical use so the power grid is not strained.

Wildfires have already destroyed an estimated 1,300 homes and threaten another 72,000.

To learn more about what you can do to help, click here.

My thoughts and prayers are with everyone in San Diego, as well as throughout Southern California.

This is Steve On Broadway (SOB).

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At 24 October, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 24 October, 2007, Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

It's very sad.

My sources in San Diego describe an awful situation. It's so bad that the Old Globe has cancelled performances again for the evening of October 24:

The Oct. 24 performances of the world premiere of the new musical A Catered Affair and the American premiere of Oscar and the Pink Lady have been canceled due to the ongoing California wildfires.

"Although The Old Globe itself is not in immediate danger, several staff members and patrons have been affected by the devastating fire situation. We wanted to cancel performances in order to give them peace of mind in dealing with the security of their families and to ensure their safety by not having them make the possibly dangerous drive into Balboa Park. We hope to resume performances on Thursday, October 25, and we will make every effort to exchange patrons' tickets into convenient performance dates later in the run."
- Old Globe executive director Lou Spisto.


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