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Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Judge: Le Petit Theatre deal with Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group can proceed

Posted By on Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 5:35 PM

The backstage battle over the future of Le Petit Theatre du Vieux Carre took another twist today when Civil District Court Judge Sidney Cates IV ruled in favor of the theater's board of governors. Le Petit's support guild had filed a suit attempting to stop the sale of 60 percent of the building to restaurateur Dickie Brennan. (Le Petit has hit serious financial shoals in recent years; catch up with the whole story here.)

In a statement, Cassie Steck Worley, president of the theater's board of governors, wrote:

"We look forward to continuing our interaction with our members and supporters. The Board is making and continues to make every effort to provide Le Petit’s members with a meaningful voice in the future of the theatre."

The board will also hold an "informational meeting" for all interested individuals on Tuesday, July 26 at 6 pm at Le Petit, where the board and members of the Dickie Brennan Restaurant Group will answer questions.

Within minutes, the Le Petit Theatre guild, which had brought the lawsuit, issued their own statement:

Guild President Jim Walpole filed a lawsuit on behalf of himself and Le Petit Guild against the board of Governors to force them to call a special meeting as requested by 50 member subscribers.

The lawsuit also asked for a temporary restraining order stopping the Dickie Brennan deal until the special meeting could be held.

The Guild was successful on both counts.

The judge did not choose to define who a member subscriber is, and the Guild is still in disagreement with the board of governors over that definition.

The Guild of Le Petit will continue to fight for two goals:

1 — To keep the theatre intact and not allow 60% of Le Petit Theatre to become a restaurant, and

2 — to stop the board from disenfranchising its membership by not allowing all the members to vote on the fate of the theatre.

The next act of this ongoing dramarama should take place next Tuesday. See you there.

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