UVA: No Heritage Rep in ‘07

UVA has announced that the construction around Culbreth Theater means no Heritage Repertory Theater this summer. Heritage, an annual array of Broadway-style plays geared to older audiences, has offered a mix of professional and amateur acting since 1974.

The announcement came late last week, 10 days after the university revealed that construction of a 554-space, $12 million parking deck necessitates closing Culbreth Road as a thoroughfare for at least a year. Besides the garage, UVA is also constructing a new $16.7 million studio arts building called Ruffin Hall just off Rugby Road in this same "arts precinct."

Could UVA's decision about Heritage turn into a fiasco like the Major League baseball strike of 1994, when many fans developed new entertainment habits? UVA hopes not. Heritage boss Bob Chapel is quoted in the announcement as looking forward to "continuing this tradition."