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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – As many as 140 full-time employees with the Guthrie Theater will take a one-week furlough, most during the month of January, according to company officials.

Trish Santini, the director of external communications at the Guthrie Theater, said the furloughs are across the board and include employees in all areas, including management. Santini said the theater typically has 130 to 140 full-time employees, and most of the furloughs affect non-union staff.

The Guthrie Theater is coming off a reported loss of $438,000 in the fiscal year ending Aug. 31, 2013. It’s the theater’s first operating deficit in nearly 20 years. Santini said it’s not an indication of larger financial difficulties, but simply a tool to get back on track.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports

More On The Guthrie Theater Furloughs

Santini said there is no January programming at the Guthrie Theater. She said some departments will have workers there tending to building maintenance. The theater will have performances again starting in February with “Tristan & Yseult.”

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