Everyman Theatre has announced that it will move into its new home on Fayette Street during the week of November 19, 2012. The administrative offices will be closed during this week in order to facilitate the move and then celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday. Moving trucks will arrive at the Charles Street location at 10 AM on Tuesday, November 20th.
The theatre company has been preparing for its move for over five years. The staff will begin conducting business in the new facility at the end of November. Rehearsals for the cast of the inaugural production, August: Osage County, will begin on Tuesday, December 18, 2012. The production will open during Everyman’s Grand Opening Week, which will occur from January 14 – January 20, 2013.
Everyman Theatre was founded in 1990 and has called Charles Street its home for 18 years. Before that, the company performed in different spaces throughout the city. Twenty-two years later, the company now produces six productions every season and hosts over 4600 subscribers to every show.
Bank of America and the Harold Dawson Trust generously donated the former Town Theatre to Everyman for just $1. In 2006, the theatre embarked on an $18 million campaign to renovate the then vacant space into the new Everyman. The theatre began formal construction in April, 2011.
The theatre was originally built in 1911 as a Vaudeville house called the Empire Theatre. In the 1930s, the building was completely redesigned and opened as the Palace Theatre, a burlesque house. The city shut down the establishment in 1937 after a public uproar over the “indecency” of the performances. Shortly thereafter, the former theatre was converted into an indoor parking garage. In 1947, the building was redesigned once more and renamed the Town Theatre – a 1,550 seat movie house that hosted the opening of such classic films as “It’s a Wonderful Life.” By 1990, the Town Theatre was in disrepair and closed its doors for the final time. Everyman will be restoring the space to its original use as a live performance venue.
Everyman will continue to produce on Charles Street through the end of its current production, Heroes by Tom Stoppard. The production is scheduled to close on Sunday, December 2nd. Single Carrot Theatre is slated to move into Everyman’s former Charles Street in early 2013.
Everyman Theatre is a professional Equity theatre company celebrating the actor, with the resident company of artists from the Baltimore/DC area. Founded in 1990 by Vincent Lancisi, the theatre is dedicated to engaging the audience through a shared experience between actor and audience seeking connection and emotional truth in performance. Everyman is dedicated to presenting high quality plays that are affordable and accessible to everyone.
Vincent Lancisi is the Artistic Director of Everyman Theatre; Ian Tresselt is the Managing Director. For information about Everyman Theatre, visit www.everymantheatre.org or call 410.752.2208.