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Utah Repertory Theater shuts down for good after show's set vandalized

By Jacob Klopfenstein, | Posted - Dec. 3, 2019 at 3:23 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — Days after a cast member allegedly vandalized a set, the Utah Repertory Theater Company is shutting down for good.

“Utah Rep is grateful to all of the casts and production teams who made each of the company's productions of more than 30 shows successful, and also to the audiences who supported the company mission to bring adventuresome shows with a powerful message to the Utah stage,” a statement on the theater company’s website reads.

The company had planned to stage “American Psycho: The Musical” over the weekend, but the cast of the show made the decision not to proceed with the production, according to the statement. The musical was scheduled to open Nov. 30 at the Eccles Black Box Theater on Regent Street.

Members of Utah Rep had previously said the show would go on and bumped the opening date up to Thursday before announcing the company would shut down.

The decision comes after a cast member allegedly vandalized the set for the show, tagging the backdrop and floor with profanity. A member of the theater company told KSL TV the vandalism would cost Utah Rep at least $3,000.

Anyone who had tickets for “American Psycho: The Musical” should contact ArtTix for a full refund, the company’s website states.

Utah Repertory Theater had been in operation since 2012, when the company first staged a production of “Side Show.” The company’s previous productions also included “Bonnie and Clyde,” “Heathers: The Musical,” “The Bridges of Madison County” and other shows.

“Utah Rep is proud of the productions it was able to bring to the various stages in Utah, and gladly support all future companies who wish to do the same,” the company’s statement said.

Cast member Ryon Sharette admitted to vandalizing the set, according to the Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office. The case will be screened for criminal charges, the sheriff’s office said. As of Tuesday, Sharette had not been charged, according to Utah court records.

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