Friday, April 12, 2013

Dad's Garage to move to 7 Stages, likely launch campaign to fund new home

Posted By on Fri, Apr 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

Elizabeth Street playhouse has been theatre companys home for 18 years
  • Stacey Bode
  • Elizabeth Street playhouse has been theatre company's home for 18 years
For nearly 20 years, Dad's Garage has entertained and amused thousands of people in its Inman Park performance space. Today, it announced it will leave the Elizabeth Street playhouse this summer and, starting in August, set up shop temporarily at Little Five Points' 7 Stages Theatre.

As expected, the building the group has called home since 1995 will be redeveloped as part of a mixed-use complex.

According to a press release, Dad's thinks it's unlikely the organization will be able to stick around in Inman Park but is "committed to staying as close to home as possible."

"We have narrowed the search down to a few serious prospects and plan on making a decision very soon," the statement says. "That said, just like any 18 year-old, we like to keep our options open. So, if anyone has 15,000 sq. feet of space in the city with ample parking on the cheap - we'd love to hear about it."

However, Dad's officials are "optimistic" that they can finish the remainder of the season - shows include Apnea, Improv with Colin Mochrie, and the numerous other shows it hosts each week - in the Inman Park space before making the move a few blocks to Little Five Points.

Once there, they'll likely launch a capital campaign to help raise funds to build their new home. In the meantime, the nonprofit is kindly asking people to continue putting their butts in the seats and lend a hand with moving by donating (or providing at low cost) needed materials. Those include storage space, moving supplies, and meeting or office space. Send 'em a line if you can assist.

Also, Dad's has promised a proper farewell to the longtime performance space. More details on that as they become available.

NOTE: The post has been altered to clarify that Dad's Garage anticipates starting a fundraising campaign after moving to 7 Stages.

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