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Las Vegas Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Effort to Fund New Theater
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Las Vegas Shakespeare Company Kicks Off Effort to Fund New Theater

 

An effort is underway to build a new home for the Bard in Las Vegas.

The Las Vegas Shakespeare Company kicked off its campaign to raise money to renovate and expand the Reed Whipple Cultural Center.

When the center is finished, it will include performance and rehearsal space for the company along with a lounge, an art gallery and space for a new restaurant headed by famed Las Vegas chef Mike Jordon of Rosemary's Restaurant.

The company now must raise $45 million for the renovation. It hopes to raise the first $15 million and break ground early next year. The plan is to present the first season of Shakespeare plays, along with works from other playwrights, musicals, and children's theatre in early 2014.

“This expansion allows us to create a multi-faceted cultural gem, anchored by Nevada’s first permanent, professional theater company, and become a model for contemporary resident theaters across the country,” Dan Decker, Artistic Director for the Las Vegas Shakespeare Company, said.

The LVSC has leased the space from the city of Las Vegas in a deal worked last year.

“Having Nevada’s very first permanent professional theater company residing in the heart of our city is a true coup for downtown and is a great step forward as we grow into a city which embraces and fosters the cultural arts.” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said.

 

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