News from the the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre, the Bay Area’s premiere African-American theater company that has been left homeless by the Academy of Art University’s virtual takeover of the city.
LHT has found at least a temporary solution to its housing crisis and will is partner with Pacific Gas and Electric Company to present two plays in its 2008-2009 28th Season. The annual holiday show, Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas and Sacramento playwright William a. Parker’s comedy/drama Waitin’ 2 End Hell will both be presented at PG&E Auditorium, at 77 Beale St., in San Francisco’s financial district.
In a press release, Kary Schulman, Director of San Francisco’s Grants for the Arts Program, expressed her appreciation for PG&E’s efforts to assist the theatre: “It is marvelous news that PG&E has come forward to help the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre. It is critically important that the theatre maintain its activities throughout this period of transition to a new permanent home. With the use of PG&E’s auditorium for two shows, the last piece of Lorraine Hansberry’s 2008/09 season has fallen into place. We’re grateful to PG&E for their civic generosity on behalf of one of San Francisco’s signature cultural organizations.”
Michael R. Farrah Jr., Senior Advisor to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, who is working directly with the theatre, facilitated arrangements with PG&E for the use of their auditorium.
Black Nativity: A Gospel Celebration of Christmas runs Dec. 11-28, and Waitin’ 2 End Hell runs Feb. 12-March 1, 2009.
Visit www.lhtsf.org for information.