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Pewter Plough, still for sale, sets 2018 theater season

An audience takes in “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” early this year at the Pewter Plough Playhouse.
An audience takes in “Nana’s Naughty Knickers” early this year at the Pewter Plough Playhouse.

The Pewter Plough Playhouse is still for sale. And the owner is still planning for a 2018 season.

Owner Rebecca Buckley announced in August that she’d put the Cambria playhouse up for sale at an asking price of $1.3 million.

“I just don’t have it in me anymore to run a business,” she said at the time, adding that she “ran out of money” and planned to relocate to her native Oxnard.

The announcement came shortly after Buckley, 77, said she was canceling the vast majority of musical programs at the Plough, effective immediately.

This month, however, the theater sent out an email to patrons, encouraging them to “celebrate we are still open, and we plan to be open for a long time to come. That’s right, we are not closing! Quell the rumors!”

The theater also has a new website — with a new look — which has migrated from its former dot-org suffix to a dot-net identifier: www.pewterploughplayhouse.net.

Moreover, Buckley said, “We’re continuing to schedule our seasons regardless of (the) recent announcement that the property is for sale.”

Rebecca Buckley
Owner Rebecca Buckley says the Pewter Plough Playhouse is still for sale, but she’s also set the lineup for a 2018 theater season there. Courtesy photo

In fact, the new website includes a schedule of plays all the way into early February 2019:

▪  “Period of Adjustment” by Tennessee Williams, Dec. 26 to Jan. 21.

▪  “Kitchen Witches” by Caroline Smith, Feb. 16 to March 25.

▪  “Social Security” by Andrew Bergman, April 20 to May 27.

▪  “Monday After Miracle” by William Gibson, June 22 to July 29.

▪  “The Clean House” by Sarah Ruhl, Aug. 24 to Sept. 30, 2018.

▪  “Cut” by Crystal Stillman, Oct. 26 to Dec. 2, 2018.

▪  “Blood Brothers” by Willy Russell, Dec. 28, 2018 to Feb. 3, 2019.

Performances will continue to be set for 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays, with tickets priced at $20 for the current production of “The Golden Age” and $25 for all plays after that.

Despite the schedule, the theater is still listed for sale on the Newmark Grubb Pearson Commercial website: a 2,859-square-foot freestanding retail property at 824 and 828 Main St., built in 1900.

The site calls it a “very desirable commercial corner in West Village of Cambria. Property consists of 2 parcels. Present use is Playhouse and Restaurant with living quarters.”

We’re continuing to schedule our seasons regardless of (the) recent announcement that the property is for sale.

Rebecca Buckley, Pewter Plough Playhouse owner

When asked about the status of the theater, Buckley said, “It is still on the market, but with some restrictions. If someone wants to buy it and continue with the theatre, restaurant, the arts and music programming, I would consider selling.”

The Plough was founded by Jim Buckley in 1976, and Rebecca Buckley took over management there after her husband’s death at the age of 102 in 2015.

The theater company long associated with the Plough moved to Morro Bay at the start of this year and became By the Sea Productions, and Buckley put together an ambitious schedule that included stage plays, musical performances, poetry readings and movie nights at the theater. Most of the musical events (with the exception of Charlie Shoemake’s jazz apparances) were canceled last month, and the last poetry reading there was this month, organizer Mary Anne Anderson said.

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