The Greenhouse opens on Tuesday

I just got a press release and a great picture promoting the Greenhouse Open House taking place this coming Tuesday, August 29 at the soon-to-be-former Victory Gardens Theater (the official new name: the Victory Gardens Theater Greenhouse). I’ll let the release speak for itself; come join us on Tuesday night for a great party.

vgtgreenhouseresidentcompanies.jpgRepresentatives from the 2006/07 resident companies at the Victory Gardens Theater Greenhouse display the banners that now identify their companies on the refreshed facade of Victory Gardens’ longtime home at 2257 N. Lincoln Avenue.

Pictured are (clockwise from bottom) Elizabeth Auman, General Manager, Victory Gardens Theater; Shawn Douglass, Artistic Associate, Remy Bumppo Theatre; Elisa Spencer, Managing Director, Shattered Globe Theatre; Anish Jethmalani, Artistic Director, Eclipse Theatre Company; Reginald Lawrence, Artistic Director, MPAACT; and Gregory Copeland, Executive Director, About Face Theatre Company.

These Victory Gardens Greenhouse 2006/07 resident companies are joining up to celebrate the venue’s new name at a free Open House, Tuesday, August 29 from 6 to 8 pm. Come sample the variety of companies and plays that will be seen at the Victory Gardens Theater Greenhouse on any given night. Check out an open up rehearsal, participate in a free Victory Gardens Greenhouse Training Center class, or watch companies perform sneak peeks from their upcoming seasons — on the half-hour, on both floors, and in all four Greenhouse spaces.

Free food and refreshments will be served. Enter to win free tickets, subscriptions, T-shirts, and classes. The first 150 people through the door will go home with a free plant. Reservations are recommended. To rsvp or for more information, call (773) 549-5788 ext. 102 or send email to soneill@victorygardens.org.

Prompting the new Greenhouse name is Victory Gardens’ recent $11.3 million purchase and renovation of Chicago’s historic Biograph Theater, two blocks north at 2433 N. Lincoln Avenue. Victory Gardens’ new Biograph mainstage opens in late September, transforming the company into a two-venue creative campus along Lincoln Avenue.

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