The Huntington Announces
The Naming Of New Studio Theatre

The Huntington Theatre Company has announced the naming of the studio theatre at the new Theatre Pavilion, which is being built in partnership with the Boston Center for the Arts.

The 200-seat flexible space theatre will be named The Nancy and Edward Roberts Studio Theatre, in honor of long-time Huntington donors and subscribers Nancy and Edward Roberts.

"This act of generosity would be great news from anyone," Huntington Managing Director Michael Maso commented. "But as 20-year Huntington subscribers, the endorsement of the Roberts for our ongoing work and for our plans for the future is deeply satisfying."

Edward Roberts commented, "We are thrilled to be able to make this contribution in support of the outstanding work being done by the Huntington. This is one of the most exciting projects underway in Boston today and it will change the city's artistic and cultural landscape."

He continued, "With the addition of these new theaters, the Boston theatre scene will be brought to a whole new level. We are honored to be a part of this project and to support the important cultural life of Boston in this way."

Nancy Roberts also noted that she first attended Huntington performances while a student at Boston University. They have remained ardent supporters of the theatre ever since.

The Huntington recently announced the naming of the 360-seat proscenium stage in the Theatre Pavilion. The Virginia Wimberly Theatre has been named for the wife of Huntington Board Chair, J. David Wimberly. The Theatre Pavilion housing both the Roberts Studio Theatre and the Wimberly Theatre has not yet been named.

The Huntington Theatre Company announced the public phase of its Setting the Stage Capital Campaign on April 29, 2003. The two-phase, $19.7 million campaign will not only raise funds to build the first two new legitimate theaters in Boston in 75 years, but will launch the organization's first-ever endowment.

Phase I has a goal of $16.5 million. Of that amount, $3.8 million is dedicated to endowment, while the remaining $12.7 will be used for bricks and mortar, as well as a working reserve for initial operations.

Once the new theaters are opened in the fall of 2004, the second phase will begin to secure $3.2 million in additional endowment funds for the Huntington. To date, Phase I of the Huntington's Setting the Stage Campaign stands at $9.85 million against the $16.5 goal.

Huntington Theatre Company and the Boston Center for the Arts have entered into a partnership to build, manage, and program two new theaters at the Boston Center for the Arts. The Huntington is responsible for raising the funds to build the theaters and will manage the new facilities.

In addition to providing a second stage for the Huntington, the new theaters, which will be cooperatively programmed by the Huntington and the BCA, will also host a range of performances by smaller arts organizations.

The Huntington will continue to perform primarily at the 890-seat Boston University Theatre on Huntington Avenue.

-- OnStage Boston


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