‘Burn’ helps theater company recover from flood

They say the show must go on, but Northside Theatre Company has been living that trope ever since floods shut it down in February.


Restoration of the theater inside the Olinder Community Center in downtown San Jose began last month and is expected to finish by June 30, in time for the company’s 39th season.

The news came as a relief to Northside staff, since the theater’s closure forced cancellation of its 38th season’s last two productions.

“We were afraid that we weren’t going to reopen in time for our 39th season,” says managing artistic director Meredith King. “Financially, that probably would have meant shutting down for good.”

Meanwhile, another downtown theater company has stepped up to help Northside recover from its losses. City Lights Theater Company will give its nonprofit partner a portion of the box office from its current production of “Rapture, Blister, Burn.” City Lights also has placed a donation box in the lobby for Northside and helped it create a display along the back wall of the theater.

City Lights marketing director Rebecca Wallace says she felt compelled to help make Northside’s display as robust as possible, given that much of its publicity materials were destroyed or inaccessible.

“Northside lost a lot of printed materials and photos in the floods, and has had very limited access to even getting back into the theater,” Wallace adds. “Nonprofit displays at City Lights…can be quite elaborate, and I don’t want Northside to get short-changed because they don’t…

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