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January 08, 2013

Biggest U.S. Black Theater to Reopen After Hitting Funds Goal

Four months after shutting down amid a cash crunch, the Penumbra Theatre in St. Paul, Minn., the country's largest African-American stage group, has raised sufficient money to reopen in March, the Pioneer Press reports.

Penumbra raised $359,000 from 1,400 contributors in a fall drive, exceeding by $19,000 what it said it would need to mount a new production. Theater officials said the organization is working on a long-term financial plan and will probably present shorter seasons than in past years.

The nationally respected 36-year-old company suspended programming in September and laid off six of its 16 employees.