Philly Theatre Cuts 3/4 Of Season

Philadelphia’s Freedom Theater has cancelled three of the four shows it planned to mount this season, citing the pressures of a $4 million debt. The company, which is “one of the city’s foremost African American cultural organizations”, has struggled to stay solvent while dealing with cost overruns on the construction and maintenance of its 300-seat theater, which opened five years ago. The theater plans to resume its full schedule in fall 2005.