Someone on the Technical Theatre Educators Facebook group is experiencing the same thing. The founder of ZFX replied there as well, and it was not positive. Is there a Force Majeure clause in your contract you might be able to invoke? Perhaps your school district lawyer can get involved? I would not expect to get a down payment or deposit back in full, but the entire contract amount it outrageous since they have not prepped the show and will not incur travel expenses. I certainly would not make any additional payments. I cannot imagine that ZFX could afford to litigate all of their outstanding contracts.Good luck. This amount of loss can be devastating to a program..
~DaveZFX's Reply from the FB post: "I am the founder and owner of ZFX which is a small and passionate company that doesn’t have deep pockets. Not only did your show cancel with short notice – almost all shows for the next six plus weeks have cancelled.I am ashamed to say this has forced me to lay off some long-time employees and make other drastic payroll reduction measures to weather this storm.I’m sorry that your school district lost a show but my focus and concern is on my people not losing their houses or even worse: their health care.If ZFX survives this, and many small companies won’t, I would be more than happy to discuss any contractual obligations with you. However, this is not the proper forum and this certainly isn’t the appropriate time.Lastly, for the other members of this group, we are doing everything that we can to reschedule dates for shows that have postponed, including extensions of weeks for people who have already received their gear or even had it installed.Robert Dean"