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Updated 11/1/16, 1:40 PM — Crain’s is reporting Musically Human used a false board of directors on its proposal to the city of Highland Park.
“After much consideration, the MHT Board of Directors unanimously chose to cease operations and close the theater company. October 29, 2016 was the final day of all board members and staff serving the organization,” reads a statement from Musically Human Theater Artistic Director David Norwood.
The statement reiterates Norwood’s stance on the issues that PerformInk reported on regarding the canceled production of Stephen Sondheim’s PASSION, specifically a managing director who failed to follow through with major paperwork. “I acknowledge how upsetting this is for people. There were many people who have taken part in this, but I own the blame for it. At the end of the day, I am responsible. I can’t do everything, but I am the leader and I own what has happened and unequivocally apologize,” he goes on to say.
The cast quit in the second week of the production, amidst allegations of a lack of performance rights, pay, and an equity bond.
Addressing pay for the artists who left the show, Norwood says non-union agreements for PASSION state “’either party may terminate this agreement upon two-weeks notice,’ to which not one person did, therefore making the agreement null and void.”