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Writers Theatre makes fundraising moves to move into newly-designed space

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Writers Theatre launched its On To A New Stage campaign—a $31 million fundraising effort for a new home designed by Chicago’s Studio Gang Architects. The new theater center, which will be located on the site of the current Woman’s Library Club of Glencoe, will provide the company with two state-of-the-art performance spaces under one roof, patron and artist amenities, and rehearsal and production space.

“Writers Theatre has been offering sophisticated productions and nurturing the finest dramatic artists in Chicago for over two decades. With the creation of our new theatre center we will have a home that matches the quality of our art and allows us to make an even more significant investment in the artists who have been so integral to our success,” explains Artistic Director Michael Halberstam.

“I think it is vital to take this moment to acknowledge the passion and commitment of our foundational donors who have simply taken my breath away with the scope of their generosity and vision in bringing this project to such a confident and significant launch.”

The estimated $31 million project cost includes: theatre center design and construction; transition costs, including additional theatre space rented during construction; an operating reserve for programs; and a project contingency. The company also plans to grow its cash reserve fund to $3 million, and will continue to raise funds for named gifts through 2014.

“Writers Theatre’s new center has been developed in partnership with the Woman’s Library Club and the Village of Glencoe to build a strong sense of place and community and attract visitors to performances, restaurants, shops and open spaces,” states Executive Director Kathryn Lipuma. “Along with the Ravinia Festival, the Chicago Botanic Garden and Kohl Children’s Museum, our new home will help strengthen Chicago’s North Shore as a national destination for culture.”

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