Following the current CTG season at the Forum, the 40-year-old 745-seat circular theatre in Los Angeles's Music Center will close temporarily for technical updating and improving upon audience amenities.
The Taper currently houses 13 and will next play home to Lisa Loomer's Distracted (March 15-April 29) and a co-production (with New York's The Public Theater) of David Henry Hwang's Yellow Face (May 10-July 1).
Construction will begin at the Taper in July 2007, continuing to mid-2008. Subscribers to the Taper will be offered a four-play subscription for the new 2007-08 season (including two productions at CTG's Ahmanson Theatre and two shows in the newly re-modeled Mark Taper Forum).
The $30 million project will be supported by already secured funds, facility improvement reserves, a donation from the County of Los Angeles and a $5 million lead gift from an anonymous donor. Any further costs will be offset by private donors and foundation grants.
"It was becoming increasingly clear to CTG that the theatre itself, that beautiful and unique Mark Taper Forum, needed our focus," said CTG artistic director Michael Ritchie. "These renovations will make the theatre so much better — for our audiences and our artists and our backstage crew. We are grateful to the Music Center, the County and our donors for helping us make all these changes possible." Details to the renovations being done to the theatre include:
accessible restroom on the second level Theatre Interior:
installation of new wheelchair locations on the second level Backstage:
new well-designed lighting grid The Taper opened in 1967 at its current location at 135 North Grand Avenue in Los Angeles, California. The venue earned the 1977 Regional Tony Award. Among its former tenants include acclaimed productions of Children of a Lesser God, The Shadow Box, The Kentucky Cycle and Angels in America.
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