Fairfield’s Way Off Broadway takes year off
No Way Off Broadway shows are planned in Fairfield this summer owing to the group’s artistic director accepting a position out of state.
Randy West was the artistic director of Way Off Broadway until a few months ago when he became the executive director of the C. L. Hoover Opera House in Junction City, Kansas. West’s move to Kansas has left Way Off Broadway without a director. Way Off Broadway board president Geof Northridge expects to wait for quite some time before the board has the resources to find and hire another director.
“Everything is on indefinite hold right now,” Northridge said. “Realistically, we’re at least a year away from performing shows.”
Northridge said West’s absence is not the only problem the board faces. It is searching for sponsors to underwrite its operations.
“We didn’t have sufficient funds to hire an artistic director and produce the shows,” he said. “We’d like to do fundraising later this year. We’re hopeful we can do something next year.”
The board does not have a meeting scheduled although Northridge expects one to be called within the next few months to discuss fundraising.
Way Off Broadway has performed in Fairfield since 2008 and is the state’s only professional musical theater company. From 2012-2013, the house for Way Off Broadway interns at the intersection of B Street and Burlington Avenue was remodeled and received new electrical wiring, plumbing, ceiling fans, a privacy fence and a remodeled kitchen.
Way Off Broadway board member Paul Praither said he plans to continue renting out the house until another group of interns comes.