AFTER 15 YEARS THEATRE 68 FINDS A PERMANENT HOME TAKING OVER THE ANTAEUS/DEAF WEST SPACE
Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo is proud to announce that Theatre 68 finds a new, permanent home by taking over the Antaeus/Deaf West space. Theatre 68 officially moves in on August 1st, 2016 and will do a major renovation, including building a second theatre. For the second space, they will either seek out a theatre company to make it their home or make it available for rentals. The building is located at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, and will be their new permanent West Coast home.
The plans will include a complete overhaul of the entire environment. Marmo says, “I don’t want to insult their space but want to express it’s going to be bigger, better and amazing.” Theatre 68 is so grateful that they get to take over a space that has been occupied by one of the best theatre companies in Los Angeles. According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15-year-old, eclectic contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of the 5,200-square-foot location on August 1st and begin a huge overhaul which will include losing most of the current Antaeus offices for the installation of a second theater, a single master lobby, state of the art sound & lighting and a re-installation of the overhead Deaf West style marquee.
Theatre 68 just celebrated their 15th anniversary on February 14th of this year. Spending its first two years in Hollywood at the Space Theatre, it eventually found itself in a new home on Sunset and Western that they resided in for 10 years.
Just shy of three years ago their lease was up on the Sunset location and they officially made there way to the North Hollywood theatre scene moving in to the NoHo Arts Center. What was supposed to be a summer rental turned out to be a three-year wonderful run. The amount of gratitude they have to the guys at NoHo Arts for welcoming them into their home for all this time can’t be put into words. Theatre 68 has produced many original and interesting works at the NoHo Arts Center, including Storefront Church, a West Coast premiere by John Patrick Shanley. To close out Theatre 68’s time at NoHo Arts Center, they are running an old favorite of theirs, Bill W and Dr. Bob, a powerful and humorous play detailing the events that led to the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous. They are double cast and running six shows per week. They opened last weekend, to completely sold-out houses.
“ENGAGING DRAMA…What is truly moving about this story is the veil of simple, flawed and noble humanity that swathes these characters, and the idea that determined people, no matter how seemingly insignificant they might seem, can make a big difference in the world.” – STAGE RAW
“NoHo Arts Center has been such a blessing for the last three years. But now we are looking forward to having our own home. I’m so proud of what’s going to happen. We’ve got big plans. Antaeus is one of the best companies in town. And the fact that we get to move into their space with all those spirits and theatre ghosts is exciting to us. We plan on being very respectful and honoring them in some way because we are just grateful that Theatre 68 gets to take the next step at that space.” – Ronnie Marmo (excerpt from Footlights)
Theatre 68 will be rolling out a fundraising campaign to help with costs in renovation and creating their new theatre. If you would like to help with that you can by visiting https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/theatre-68-moving-into-the-deaf-west-antaeus-space–2#/ They have also planned a black-tie opening fundraising gala to be held on Saturday, September 17th. This will be an evening for the entire Theatre-Loving community, filled with Jazz, festive food, family, and fun.For more info you can go also visit: www.Theatre68.com or (323) 960.5068
Still up in the air is their inaugural production. Although they have a few options, an original play about American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter, Lenny Bruce may be in the works. Theatre 68’s popular production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, a comedy about the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, which just opened this past weekend at the NoHo Arts Center, will close out their efforts at NHAC, and is also on the table, to continue running at their new home. With their incredibly successful 2015 Season, which also included several World Premiere Musicals (Serial Killer Barbie, Adam & Eve And Steve, and Who Killed Santa), there will likely be more musicals on their horizon.
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