A 200-seat theater will be incorporated into the design of the new Disney Concert Hall -- the future home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic which has been designed by Frank O. Gehry-- as part of the terms of a recently announced gift from the Walt Disney Co.
It's intended for use by CalArts college, according to a published report in the Los Angeles Times (Dec. 15).
Although the Mark Taper Forum, which is nearby the new Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles, has been in search of a medium-sized second performing space, this 200-seat theatre does not seem to fit the bill. Gordon Davidson, the Taper's artistic director, has said he would "need closer to 350 or 400 seats" to make a second theatre economically feasible, according to the Los Angeles Times article.
Most of the programs CalArts would present at Disney Hall would be free to the public; if the 200-seat theatre were used for professional productions, higher labor costs would come into play.
The Disney Hall is expected to open in the year 2001. Speaking of new arts centers, the Getty Center in Los Angeles, which opens to the public on Dec. 16, has no plans "at this moment" to present plays, according to a spokesperson. However, the Getty Museum in Malibu, which was closed on July 6 and is slated to reopen in 2001, will have an outdoor theatre.
-- By Rebecca Paller