In an e-mail, Laurel Ruff, manager of the Labyrinth Theatre, has announced that the Richardson-based company has folded. It has canceled the last two shows in its current season, The Fantasticks and the world premiere of Stigma.
“The current economic conditions, combined with reduced attendance this fall and continuing economic uncertainty have led the governing board of the theatre to make the decision to close,” Ruff writes.
The Labyrinth began in 2004 and has staged its plays in the Arapaho United Methodist Church — an indication of the company’s leaning towards “ethical, religious and morally profound ideas” in its choice of stage works. The Labyrinth was also notable for its world premieres. Its association with Algonquin Productions in New York City often meant those premieres then went to the off-Broadway Algonquin Theatre.
It was a small company, but the loss of the Labyrinth is a serious one: In addition to the loss of the whole world-premiere-and-off-Broadway connection, the Labyrinth was an Equity company. Which means fewer paying jobs for area actors, directors and stage managers.