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Signal Ensemble Theatre to close up shop in 2016

Red Bud at Signal Ensemble Theatre
Photograph: Johnny Knight Red Bud at Signal Ensemble Theatre

Signal Ensemble Theatre says its second production of the new season will be its last. The company announced this afternoon that it plans to cease operations following its January–February production of The Consultant by Heidi Schreck. The previously announced third production of the 2015–16 season, company member Aaron Snook's Trojan Women adaptation The Southern Women, will not go forward. Signal will have produced 13 seasons.

"This decision has come after some hard looks at the logistics of our operations, the growth of individual careers and the changing state of our ensemble. It's important for us to maintain the commitment to the artistry and quality of production that marks our stage, and we feel it's best to end our run while we still feel we are capable of providing this to our audience," co-artistic directors Ronan Marra and Joseph Stearns said in a statement. "Simply put, it's time to move on for us, and we're putting every bit of passion and craftsmanship into this, our final season."

Signal's penultimate show, the U.S. premiere of Nicolas Billon's Butcher, opens this weekend.