Dear Friends of LFT-
We have some important and unfortunate news. The recent rains have damaged our aged electrical system to the point where we cannot run any theatre lights and we must completely shut down Little Fish Theatre for the next 4-6 weeks while we undertake a massive and expensive electrical upgrade demanded by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.
The planned openings of Laughter on the 23rd Floor and Dinner with Friends are postponed to new dates.
Shows to be postponed:
- Laughter on the 23rd Floor — NEW DATES 4/21-5/20
- Dinner with Friends – NEW DATES 5/10-5/28
- Improv Night – NEW DATE 5/21 7pm
It is disheartening to have to make this announcement to you and equally sad to disappoint the amazing teams behind the productions. This decision was truly heartbreaking to the cast, directors, designers, and crew involved who had spent the past five weeks rehearsing, building, and creating two wonderful productions for debut. Thankfully, we saved these shows and we’ll REOPEN APRIL 21.
As you might imagine, this represents a significant financial hit for LFT. The estimated cost for the electrical upgrade is $27,700 Moreover, every day that LFT is not presenting a show means a loss of ticket income. With us “going dark” for the 20 shows dates (between Laughter, Dinner, and the Improv Night) this means a loss of $30,000 income for LFT.
YOU can help us weather this turn of events and set us on a path to progress:
For those of you who have already purchased tickets or made ANYTIME reservations, you will be contacted personally about the cancellation. We’ll give you the option to reschedule and/or donate your ticket cost. Here are some ways you can make a difference:
- Donating your cancelled ticket cost. Donation of the combined pre-purchased tickets for these shows would total more than $3,800.
- Donate directly to help us with these unexpected costs. A minimum $100 donation received from each of our current subscribers would raise $20,000!!
If it is not within your means to contribute the ticket you have already purchased and buy another one, we understand. Please know that if you forward your paid ticket to a new date (for these or another show in the season), we will not lose that ticket income. Of course, if you request a full refund, we will refund to you via your original payment method.
As you know, we launched an Air Conditioning Campaign in 2015 with the intention to replace our outdated and insufficient system. We are evaluating whether to move ahead with the Air Conditioning repairs as well during these emergency electrical repairs. Doing BOTH of these upgrades at the same time makes logical sense, but is financially risky since the Air Conditioning Fund was only partially funded. So far, your donations have us within $3,000 of that goal.Please consider giving now to complete the funding for this project or the Electrical fund in any amount you can afford.
Clearly, LFT is in need of your understanding and support. We pride ourselves on doing more with less. Creating quality theatre in an intimate converted tow-yard venue, enlisting a mix of professionals, emerging artists, and devout volunteers is our claim to fame. We have made due with small budgets and part time contractors to keep the doors open, but some roadblocks are too big to avoid. If LFT has any future at all, it depends on these improvements.
Since 2002, LFT has been YOUR theatre and you have helped us to become the longest continually-operating, live theatre in the Harbor Area. Please consider the pleasure we have brought to you over the years and support us as we face this unavoidable turn of events.
We sincerely appreciate your patience and understanding as we undergo this challenge.
Lisa Coffi, Suzanne Dean, SBTS Board of Directors & LFT Company Members