Regional Reviews: Florida - Southern
The Theatre at Arts Garage
Louis Tyrell was the founding producing director of Florida Stage for 24 years. Based in Manalapan (and later West Palm Beach), Florida Stage was the nation's largest professional theater dedicated to producing exclusively new and emerging American plays. The South Florida theatre community was saddened at its closing in June of this year.
"Picture Florida Stage, but more intimate. Just as devoted to producing new plays and developing new playwrights, but with less emphasis on production values. The spaceand it is a great spacewill dictate the kinds of plays we will be able to do here" said Tyrell. Plays with smaller cast sizes, usually only one set, but that leaves plenty of terrific scripts that we can serve up, many that I already have in hand."
The operating budget for the first season of The Theatre at Arts Garage will be in the range of $150,000, with expanded programming expected for subsequent seasons, leading up to the opening of their Arts Warehouse. The Arts Warehouse is a yet-to-be-renovated 15,000 square-foot facility that the Arts Garage's umbrella corporation, Creative City Cooperative, hopes to open in 2014. The Warehouse, which is four times the size of the Garage, would then become the permanent home to The Theatre at Arts garage. Until then, "Intimate theater is the new normal," says Lou Tyrell. "Even when the economy recovers, we expect our business model to remain simple and text-oriented. But I am excited about being a part of the Arts Garage and what follows it. I think Delray Beach is the center of a vibrant arts scene and I'm just really excited and gratified that I have this opportunity."
The Theatre at Arts Garage 2012 season
The Master Playwright Series
The New Play Festival
The Arts Garage is a multi-disciplinary cultural hub for visual artists, musicians, performers, film presenters and arts educators. The mission of the Arts Garage is to collaborate with emerging artists and cultural innovators to facilitate an exchange of art and ideas and to present cutting-edge, interdisciplinary performances and exhibitions. Putting a new twist on your evening out, audiences are encouraged to BYOW (Bring Your Own Whatever!) to enjoy during performances. The Arts Garage is located at 180 NE 1st St., Delray Beach, FL. For tickets and information, you may call them at 561-450-6357 or visit them online at www.artsgarage.org.