The event, announced by ANW co-founders/co-artistic directors Julia Rodriguez-Elliott and Geoff Elliott, comes after years of "comprehensive planning and unusually successful, ongoing fundraising efforts," with $10.1 million of the $13.3 million goal raised to date.
The new 33,000-square-foot facility, which is being called an anchor in East Pasadena's arts expansion, is the centerpiece of a "mixed-use development in the historic mid-century modern Stuart Pharmaceutical building at the corner of Foothill Blvd. and Sierra Madre Villa Ave. next to the Gold Line [subway]." The theatre construction retains one wall of the historic building, but otherwise adds an auditorium and a second story.
The company is slated to move in fall 2011 for its 20th season. ANW's 2010-11 season will be staged in its long-time leased venue in Glendale, CA.
The groundbreaking celebration will include "dramatic flourishes from A Noise Within's award-winning troupe of resident actors, who will offer an entertaining glimpse into the company's past, present and future."
Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard and others will take part in the event, which will be attended by hundreds of friends, funders, and special guests from the theatre world, the Pasadena community and the County of Los Angeles. A Noise Within's new Pasadena home is designed "to expand artistic possibilities, offer a greater scope of educational opportunities, meet ticket demand and allow the company to reach its full potential."
A Noise Within was founded in 1992. It continues to maintain its status as the only year-round classical repertory company in Southern California, staging great works of world drama and offering arts education. The company has presented more than 120 plays from the classics of world literature, each season producing plays from authors ranging from Shakespeare and Molière to Ibsen, O'Neill and Shaw to Miller and Williams.
A Noise Within's new home will be located at 3360 East Foothill Boulevard, Pasadena, CA.
For information, visit www.ANoiseWithin.org.