At a 5:30 PM May 14 ceremony, the main stage theatre in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood will be renamed Atlantic Theater Company at The Linda Gross Theater.
The renaming ceremony will serve as a kick-off for a capital campaign to renovate the front and back of house of the 165- seat Off-Broadway theatre that is housed in a century-old converted gothic revival church. (The troupe also has a more intimate second-stage a few blocks away — Atlantic Stage 2 at 330 W. 16th Street, between Eighth and Ninth Avenues.)
The dedication and renaming ceremony will include remarks from Atlantic artistic director Neil Pepe and managing director Andrew D. Hamingson, the unveiling of the new theatre façade and a champagne toast with members of Atlantic's ensemble and celebrity guests.
Linda Gross, Ph.D. is a psychoanalyst with a private practice in Manhattan. She is a training and supervising analyst and has also served as an instructor at the Philadelphia School of Psychoanalysis, where she also serves on the board of the American Board of Certification of the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis. She is a co-founder of the Women's Financial Network and the Women's Analytic Forum. Her "true passion in life is attending theatre," according to Atlantic. "She has been fascinated by the stage since the age of four, when her parents took her to see Where's Charley? and she got to visit with Ray Bolger in his dressing room following the performance. Linda and her husband Daniel are also avid collectors of contemporary art. She currently serves on the boards of Atlantic Theater Company and the Shakespeare Society."
Co-founded by David Mamet and William H. Macy, Atlantic Theater Company is the award-winning Off-Broadway theatre "dedicated to producing great plays simply and truthfully by both emerging and established playwrights." Fore more information, visit www.atlantictheater.org.