New Dramaworks for West Palm Beach

Palm Beach Dramaworks, West Palm Beach’s only resident professional theatre, will host a gala grand opening November 11, as it launches its 12th season and takes up residence in the newly renovated space at 201 Clematis Street in downtown West Palm Beach

"It is with great enthusiasm that we announce the inaugural season of our new Clematis Street theatre,” said William Hayes, Producing Artistic Director. “The larger venue affords us the opportunity to expand our artistic horizons, while staying true to our mission of presenting timeless classic and contemporary plays and Theater to Think About.  All My Sons (the inaugural production) and The Pitmen Painters could not have been staged in our small venue.”

According to media releases, the West Palm Beach Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) purchased the Cuillo space in 2010 and is leasing it to Palm Beach Dramaworks on a long-term basis.

At the time the partnership was announced last October, Hayes was quoted as saying, “This is a landmark occasion for our thriving organization, and we are grateful for the City's firm commitment and dedication to the Arts, recognizing it as a vital component to the economic and social health of our community.  For nearly five years, we've worked in tandem with City officials to locate a new home for our growing organization.”

Unlike the Dramaworks’ old location which theater-goers will remember was tucked away in a renovated office space at 322 Banyan Street with seating for about 80 people, the new space commands visibility at the downtown gateway to the waterfront and theater management anticipates new patrons and walk-in traffic will quickly help the regulars fill the new seats.

The renovations in the new space include a reconfigured auditorium chamber with 218 seats, down from the Cuillo’s 377 but twice the number of the Banyan Street house. There’s a multi-use black box theatre space and newly designed administration offices and a costume shop.  A new lobby bar will feature gourmet snacks, coffee, beer and wine for theater-goers.

Season subscriptions are on sale now as follows:

Five plays for evening and matinee - $240

Four plays for evening and matinee – $200

Five plays for preview            -- $215

Four plays for preview - $180

Five plays including grand opening - $315

Four plays including grand opening - $260

Five plays is the complete season; four plays are for shows 1 to 4 or 2 to 5

Individual tickets go on sale on October 11 and are not available for the grand opening.

Tickets may be ordered online at www.palmbeachdramaworks.org or by calling the box office at (561) 514-4042 ext. 1

Show times:

Wed through Sat at 8 p.m.

Wed, Sat, Sun at 2 p.m.

Sun at 7 p.m.

Tickets:

Individual tickets are $55 with $5 discount for groups of ten or more

2011/12 Productions:

All My Sons – Nov 12 – Dec 11

By: Arthur Miller

The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds

Jan 6 – Jan 29

By Paul Zindel

The Pitmen Painters – Feb 17 – Mar 11

By: Lee Hall

 

Master Harold and the Boys – Apr 6 – Apr 29

By: Athol Fugard

 

Proof – May 24 – Jun 17

By: David Auburn

Dramaworks also hosts a Master Playwright Series “examining the life, work and contributions of the world’s great playwrights. Every season three playwrights are examined, with two segments devoted to each playwright. The first segment is an overview of the playwright's life and work, and a presentation of scenes by professional actors. The second segment is a staged reading of one of that playwright's important plays. In addition to the readings, the audience will be invited to discuss the work and themes.

Visit PalmBeachDramaWorks.org for more information.

 


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