The Menlo Park theatre scene lost a band of performers, when the award-winning theatre company, TheatreWorks, moved its headquarters to Redwood City. The troupe intends to thrive in its new home.
When the company began, TheatreWorks debuted only previously written plays; but with 42 years of experience in show business, the company now performs original works and has grown tremendously as a whole.
Since its founding in 1970, TheatreWorks has launched a prestigious education program as well as reinforced its title as a distinguished theatre company.
The company performs at two venues; the Lucie Stern Theatre in Palo Alto and the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts in Mountain View. TheatreWorks will continue to perform at these locations after its headquarters moves to Redwood City.
TheatreWorks had been a Menlo Park based company since it opened its doors in 1970. However, nearing the end of a year-to-year lease at the Menlo Park office space, the company sought to find a more permanent home base.
“The new Sobrato Center for Non-profits at Redwood Shores offered us the opportunity to relocate there and we very gratefully accepted,” said Artistic Director Robert Kelley.
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TheatreWorks employees said they are excited to move to Redwood City, an already esteemed theatre district.
With the , the Century 21, and the , TheatreWorks will fit right in. While the Dragon production theatre offers intimate performances where the audience can feel like a part of the play, and the Fox Theater offers fun, extravagant performances straight off of Broadway, TheatreWorks offers a myriad of different plays. Performing everything from renovated classics to modern contemporary works, TheatreWorks is a versatile company that explores the many styles of theatrical entertainment.
“We are proud to be part of the very broad range of theatrical experiences available to this exceptional community,” said Kelley, noting that the addition of bright new classroom space will enable the troupe to soar.
Redwood City is sure to make a wonderful home for the 3rd largest theater company in the Bay Area.
“Our performances will continue at the same high level of professionalism, aided by new and improved rehearsal halls in Redwood City,” Kelley said.
The move to will also enrich the theatre with new audience members and actors. Kelly said that while people have the option of going to see a movie or staying home to watch TV, she expects that audiences will prefer to feel the energy of a live performance.