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Redwood City's Dragon Theatre closes its doors for good

Following a board vote on Oct. 26, Dragon Theater will be closing its doors.
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In 2013, Dragon moved to downtown Redwood City and began its second stage.

The curtain is closing on Dragon Theatre, Redwood City’s theatrical hub.  

Following a board vote on Oct. 26, the nonprofit theater company will be closing its doors immediately. 

“Unfortunately, the past two years have created a perfect storm of difficulty for us,” stated the organization in an email to its mailing list members. “Despite a broad base of talented artists working with us, and generous donors who helped us squeeze through tight times, there have simply been too many unpleasant surprises. Too many unforeseen and/or rising expenses. Grants which, while welcome, simply arrived too late to help.”

In 2013, Dragon moved to downtown Redwood City from Palo Alto.

Founded in 1998, the company moved to San Jose after shuttering its Redwood City location earlier this year. The theater company continued to provide classes in Redwood City, leaning on community partnerships in places such as the Red Morton Community Center and Casa Circulo Cultural. 

The company reports it has overcome several challenges in its history including, a relocation and administration changes. However, the pandemic, coupled with economic challenges, has been overwhelming. 

All in-person classes and events have been canceled. Dragon Eggs, a monthly virtual playwright club, will continue to stream and accept donations for November and December's short play selections. All donations made at these events go towards paying the artists for their work.

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