Intiman Theatre

Chris Bennion

After running out of money and shutting down last year, Intiman Theatre is back with a groundbreaking summer festival.

"Groundbreaking" because the theater has a new repertory format: a cast of 17 actors -- Intiman's Class of 2012 -- staffing all four summer productions.

For audiences, that means a chance to see an actor stretch in various roles: "Romeo and Juliet" one day; a drag queen take on Helen Keller the next.

How is an award-winning but bankrupt theater any different than say…Enron? Or a wayward lover? Or a drug addict?

Those are the kind of questions that have been on the minds of some long-time subscribers to Seattle’s Intiman Theatre.

Its board of directors is deciding whether to stay open or call it quits. They say they’ll re-launch if they’ve met a million-dollar fundraising goal before their meeting tonight (Monday, at 4 pm.)

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The Intiman Theatre has announced that it will cancel its 2011 season and lay off all its employees due to financial straits.

The theater's board of trustees on Saturday voted to cancel the remaining four shows of the season after the final Sunday performance of "All My Sons." In a statement on its website, the theater said "with our current income limitations there's no alternative."

Kate Whoriskey
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For the first time in her theatrical career, Kate Whoriskey can contemplate decorating an office. Because now she actually has one.

"I'm trying to work on posters and I'm hoping to do something with the ceiling. Because it's a little bit barren," she says.

Except for an orchid and a couple of stuffed animals for her 21- month-old son Rory, there isn't much else personalizing her new space. But she's still transitioning - from New York theater freelancer to artistic director at Seattle's Intiman Theatre.

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