It is a sad reality in our community that economic troubles will get the best of theatre companies across the nation. For over a decade, Paragon has fought the good fight and has shown time and time again the beauty and power of brilliant theatre. Their work went beyond entertainment, beyond storytelling even, and embodied, on every level, the meaning of the word ‘art’.
As performers and avid theatre-goers, we love to talk about the shows afterwards – over drinks or dinner or brunch a week later. But after our first experience with Paragon – last year’s unparalleled The Real Thing – we were rendered speechless. It is rare that something so powerful shows up on the stage. It was flawless and not an experience we will soon forget.
We are grateful for having had the pleasure of witnessing the company’s work – both on stage and off. For HIM, it was and still is an indescribable honor to have worked with a company that placed the highest level of importance into every artistic decision in a piece of work.
All that is left to say is, “Thank you.” Thank you, Paragon, for your gifts and for showing us that theatre doesn’t need to be glitzy and glamorous. That the best and most moving moments come from theatre that is simply honest, intimate, and bold.
Below is the official statement from the Paragon Theatre Ensemble:
It is with great sorrow that Paragon Theatre announces its permanent closure on March 18, 2012 after the run of its current show, Miss Julie. For 11 years Paragon has strived to provide the Denver metro community with the most honest, intimate, and bold stories told on stage.
After realizing the decade-long dream of operating the company’s own space, Paragon has encountered numerous unforeseen code and permit challenges, which have put excessive strain on the company’s financial reserves. Paragon’s dedicated volunteer ensemble of actors, directors, designers, and producers have determined that maintaining a sustainable organization has become too great a burden for Paragon to shoulder without amassing significant debt. Additionally, while the demands of managing the facility have increased, our limited personnel resources have remained the same, making it impossible to maintain our ensemble model of artistic excellence with an affordable ticket price. The ensemble determined that in order to preserve the integrity of Paragon and its core values the inevitable course of action is to close the company and recommended to Paragon’s Board of Directors that Paragon be closed. The Board of Directors voted to close Paragon as of March 18, 2012.
Paragon’s closing will be the final bold staging in its gracious and lucky history in Denver. Paragon wishes to exit the scene gracefully, with the utmost respect and gratitude to the Denver theatre community, its patrons, its donors, and its extended family of volunteers and supporters.
The ensemble, board and company members wish to sincerely thank each and every patron, donor and volunteer for their dedication to this idea of ensemble theatre. We appreciate your understanding during this very painful and challenging task of closing this entity to which so many have devoted so much time, energy, and financial support. We are proud to have been a part of Denver’s theatrical history.
Tickets still remain for the run of Miss Julie and can be purchased online at http://www.paragontheatre.org or by calling 303-300-2210.
Miss Julie plays at 2810 Larimer Street for two more weekends through March 17th. Performances are Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30PM and Sunday, March 11 at 1:30PM. Tickets are $17 – $21.