Penumbra Theatre has pushed back its world premiere production of Kara Lee Corthron’s “Julius by Design.” The postponement of the play, which was to open in January but is now included in the 2011-2012 season, was described as “a proactive fiscal move…[to] ensure that Penumbra ends the year in the black.”

 
“Penumbra’s ability to remain nimble and responsive to challenges and opportunities are the keys to our continued success,” board chair Kathleen Edmond said in a statement.
 
Corthron’s drama, which will be staged by Penumbra founder Lou Bellamy, is about a couple dealing with the murder of their son.
 
Patrons who have bought tickets can keep them until next year, when they will be honored; seek a full refund; or donate the proceeds to the theater.
 
“There are people who were looking forward to the play and the gratification is delayed but will come,” said Chris Widdess, managing director. “Our theater does fabulous work, is fiscally sound and transparent.”

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