Howard Theatre In Trouble

Five years after reopening, the Washington D.C.

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Howard Theatre, Washington, D.C.

Maryland-based vendor Belair Produce filed the lawsuit against Howard Theatre Entertainment on May 30, the Washington Post reported. 

Several past managers and employees have accused the venue of late compensation and not paying vendors. Rob Yealu, GM of the theatre until his resignation in April, told the paper that the theatre was having trouble paying bills and compensating artists. He said none of the employees hired during his time as manager still work at the venue.

“It’s because the checks bounced,” he told the paper. “It’s because we didn’t pay vendors. It’s because we didn’t pay talent.” 

When employees filed complaints to

Collin R. Haynes, chief executive officer of DCLA Productions, booked

Myla Moss, chairwoman of the nonprofit organization that acts as landlord of the venue, said the theatre had not made rent since fall 2016. She told the paper she plans to end the 20-year contract with Howard Theatre Entertainment. 

Bensusan told The Post that the company plans to stay for the full term. 

Blue Note did not return a request for further comment at press time.