Its been almost a year since the public has enjoyed a live performance at the Zeiterion Performing Arts Center in New Bedford.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of the historic theater and prompted management to reduce the hours of some employees and layoff others. According to Executive Director Rosemary Gill, the "Z" lost 90 percent of its revenue.

The Zeiterion did attempt to keep the community entertained by hosting outdoor movies at the Whale's Tooth parking lot and continued to provide education programs remotely, but clearly, March 2020 to March 2021 was obviously tough going for New Bedford's No. 1 cultural venue.

Gill is hoping for better times this year. Speaking this week with Townsquare Sunday, Gill says several shows that were canceled last year have been rescheduled for the fall of 2021. She's hoping the stage lights will soon be on at the Zeiterion.

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