Everyman Theatre

Behind the Scenes

October 24, 1999|By Karin Remesch

Mission: Everyman Theatre, a small equity theater with a professional resident repertory company of artists from the Baltimore/Washington area, is dedicated to presenting quality theater that is accessible and affordable to everyone.

Latest accomplishments: The theater started its fourth subscription season (1999-2000) with a more than 72 percent increase over the previous season and record attendance for the season opener, the Baltimore premiere of "Nude with Violin." The company's first managing director, H. Laurens Wilson, was hired this year to oversee all financial matters and Ericca Long assumed the position of the theater's first full-time assistant to the artistic director. Through Everyman's high school outreach program, more than 800 students from three inner-city schools attended last season's four productions in addition to workshops and discussions. Everyman was named "Best Theater in Baltimore" by the City Paper in 1997 and 1999, and Baltimore magazine in 1998.

On the horizon: The season's next production, "The Last Night of Ballyhoo," also a Baltimore premiere, opens Nov. 19 and runs through Dec. 12. Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" is scheduled Feb. 11 through March 12. The season closes with "The Beauty Queen of Leenane," April 28-May 21. Everyman's largest budget ever allows for increased administrative and artistic salaries, larger sets, larger casts, better productions and expansion of the outreach program to include the Carver School.

About the theater: Attendance: 7,500 in the 1998-1999 season; 9,800 estimated for the 1999-2000 season, including 1,430 subscribers and more than 500 donors. Operating budget: $450,000.

Where and when: 1727 N. Charles St. Season runs September to May. Box-office hours 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday -- hours expand during the run of a show. Call 410-752-2208.

Gordon Becker, chairman of the board of trustees: "The theater is growing by leaps and bounds primarily because of the quality of the productions we are mounting. The subscription base has more than doubled from last year and enthusiasm is very high -- very dynamic. The theater is in a very positive mode at this point. Fortunately, we entered the new season with no accumulated deficit. It's a good time for Everyman."

Members of the board

Kathy Abbott

Barry Bach

James O'Brien

Nathan Chernoff

Jeannie L. Howe

Todd A. Feuerman

Susan Sachs Fleishman

David R. Frederick

James P. Gillece Jr.

Niki Harris

Kathy Hillman

Gina B. Hirschhorn

Ken Hobart

Bob Jones

David Kugler

Vincent M. Lancisi

Kenneth C. Montague Jr.

Dr. Sarah Reading

R. Rex Rehfeld

Nancy C. Robertson

Vic Romita

Donald Rothman

Malinda Small

Martha Weiman

Pub Date: 10/24/99

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