Exec exits Public Theater

Reiter leaves after less than a year

NEW YORK — Fran Reiter, the exec director of the Joseph Papp Public Theater who was appointed with much fanfare less than a year ago, is ankling her position.

Reiter had been hired to run the nonprofit theater alongside producer George C. Wolfe, not long after the theater’s expensive Broadway flop “The Wild Party.” That show was the second major musical in a row produced by the company to lose many millions of dollars in a Broadway transfer.

A release offered no explanation for her exit, but in comments to the New York Times, the duo even managed to differ about the reasons for the exit. Reiter said she believed the “management structure … wasn’t working”; Wolfe said “the structure was a very, very good one” and that the theater would seek to replace Reiter.

Michael Hurst, managing director at the theater, assumes Reiter’s responsibilities, which include marketing and fundraising.

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