Alley Theatre Groundbreaking

The Alley Theatre, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit theatre companies and housed in one of Houston’s most iconic buildings, celebrated the groundbreaking on for the first extensive renovation of its facilities since its opening in 1968 as part of its $73 million capital campaign.  Having raised $47.5 million in the “Extended Engagement” campaign, the theatre intends to raise a total of $56.5 million by August 2015 to complete the first two phases of the campaign, Artistic Enhancement and Renovation. This will allow the theatre to have the building costs secured, before the Alley Theatre begins its inaugural season back in its downtown home.

Roger Plank, Co-chairman of the Alley Theatre Capital Campaign, shattered a column on the Hubbard Stage of the Alley Theatre with a sledge hammer, signifying the beginning of the Alley’s $46.5 million renovation.

The Alley Theatre will perform their 2014-2015 season at the University of Houston (UH), on its main campus, as its downtown theatre undergoes an extensive renovation. The renovations will continue through the summer of 2015, with the grand opening of the renovated Alley Theatre scheduled for fall 2015. For more information about the season programs to be performed at UH visit www.alleytheatre.org/2014-2015

Meredith Long and Roger Plank are co-chairmen of the campaign, “Extended Engagement.”  $47.5 million has already been raised toward the goal.

The campaign will pay for updating all theatrical systems with state-of-the-art equipment, substantially improving the patron in-theatre experience and amenities, and ensure the Theatre’s future as a performing arts institution of national caliber that is sustainable, relevant, and accessible for future generations of Houstonians.

Gregory Boyd; Roger Plank; Margaret Alkek Williams; Jesse Marion; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Gregory Boyd; Roger Plank; Margaret Alkek Williams; Jesse Marion; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Jesse Marion; Gregory Boyd; Photo by P.D.

Jesse Marion; Gregory Boyd; Photo by P.D.

Mady Kades; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Mady Kades; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Margaret Alkek Williams; Mady & Ken Kades; Photo by P.D.

Margaret Alkek Williams; Mady & Ken Kades; Photo by P.D.

Mario Ariza; Dean Gladden; Desyre Morgan; C.C. Connor; Photo by P.D.

Mario Ariza; Dean Gladden; Desyre Morgan; C.C. Connor; Photo by P.D.

The Mach Family; Photo by P.D.

The Mach Family; Photo by P.D.

Todd Waite (Actor); Lynn Wyatt; Photo by P.D.

Todd Waite (Actor); Lynn Wyatt; Photo by P.D.

Gregory Boyd; Roger Plank; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Gregory Boyd; Roger Plank; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

(1) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

(1) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

(2) Lynn Wyatt; Gregory Boyd; Patty Hubbard; Photo by P.D.

(2) Lynn Wyatt; Gregory Boyd; Patty Hubbard; Photo by P.D.

(2) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

(2) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

(3) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

(3) Roger Plank; Photo by P.D.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation - Alan Cheng; Steve Goodman; Richard Lowenstern; Photo by P.D.

Albert and Ethel Herzstein Charitable Foundation - Alan Cheng; Steve Goodman; Richard Lowenstern; Photo by P.D.

Alley Theatre Renovation Cookie; Photo by P.D.

Alley Theatre Renovation Cookie; Photo by P.D.

Becky Hamlin; Melissa Pritchett (Actor); Christa Bean; Jeffrey Bean (Actor); Photo by P.D.

Becky Hamlin; Melissa Pritchett (Actor); Christa Bean; Jeffrey Bean (Actor); Photo by P.D.

Construction hats & sledge hammer for Alley Theatre Groundbreaking Ceremony; Photo by P.D.

Construction hats & sledge hammer for Alley Theatre Groundbreaking Ceremony; Photo by P.D.

Cornelia & Meredith Long; Photo by P.D.

Cornelia & Meredith Long; Photo by P.D.

Gregory Boyd; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

Gregory Boyd; Dean Gladden; Photo by P.D.

(1) Lynn Wyatt; Gregory Boyd; Patty Hubbard; Photo by P.D.

(1) Lynn Wyatt; Gregory Boyd; Patty Hubbard; Photo by P.D.