We spoke to Kennedy Center president Deborah Rutter about the venue’s reopening occurring in September and the 50th anniversary season.
WASHINGTON — The Kennedy Center announced this week that a fall reopening will take place in September as part of a special 50th-anniversary celebration at the venue.
Kennedy Center President Deborah Rutter spoke to WUSA9 during an exclusive interview Friday and gave us a tour of the site.
The historic halls and theaters continued to sit quiet and empty, much like they have for the past year.
Aside from a small number of limited capacity performances late last year, the crowds are missing. Rutter can still remember the last night of performances in March of 2020 when she knew the Kennedy Center would be closing for at least a few weeks.
“On Wednesday morning, March 11, I said, ‘Gang, are we all okay? I’m planning on leaving tomorrow for a few days with my daughter,'” Rutter recalled. “By four o’clock that afternoon, we were going to the meeting with the mayor and she was telling us that we needed to start closing down. We went to the last performance that evening and immediately closed down after.”