Perseverance Theatre in Douglas was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith and is currently led by Executive Artistic Director Art Rotch. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Perseverance Theatre in Douglas was founded in 1979 by Molly Smith and is currently led by Executive Artistic Director Art Rotch. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Perseverance Theatre furloughs employees after debt piles up

Unknown if Douglas Island nonprofit theater will be forced to shut down

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