What is Rubber City Theatre? Rubber City Shakespeare Company’s board voted to rename the company, Rubber City Theatre to align with the strategic plan and new company initiatives. The name change will officially take effect on June 20, 2017, following the closing of Lear, the final show of the 2016/2017 season.
Why the name change? “We were getting a lot of people that were confused between us and Ohio Shakespeare Festival now that they’re year-round,’’ operating at Greystone Hall downtown, said Producing Artistic Director Dane Leasure. “It’s giving us greater flexibility to provide professional quality theater at an affordable price, and it’s not just Shakespeare.” When Rubber City stepped out of its Shakespearean mode to produce the epic musical Aida last winter, the company enjoyed sold-out audiences. The musical was such a huge success, it helped clinch the theater’s decision to widen its artistic offerings for its fifth season. - Kerry Clawson; Akron Beacon Journal 03/21/2017