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Pasadena Playhouse closes due to millions in debt

Final curtain call at Pasadena Playhouse
Final curtain call at Pasadena Playhouse
Felicia Friesema

Pasadena Playhouse theater went dark last night amid overwhelming debt.

After last night's final performance of David Lee's "Camelot," Playhouse Artistic Director Sheldon Epps and Executive Director Stephen Eich brought on stage the cast and every Playhouse employee. They hugged, held hands, and leaned on one another as Epps asked the audience to take a good look around.

The building, which has housed theatrical performances for most of the past 90 years, is now set to be empty – indefinitely. Epps called it an "intermission" and promised to do everything possible to move into what he called "the second act."

The Playhouse is about $2 million in debt, with another million owed to current subscribers. Epps told KPCC last night that lawyers are looking at various potential resolutions, including bankruptcy.