Great news for Fort Worth's Amphibian Stage Productions: The group is purchasing a building at 108 S. Main Street, just a few blocks south of downtown, and has begun a capital campaign led by Kevin Kline.
Yes, that Kevin Kline.
Kline has been on Amphibian's advisory board for years; the connection is Amphibian co-founder and company member Carman Lacivita, who was in the 2007 Broadway revival of Cyrano de Bergerac, in which Kline played the title role.
The group has already raised nearly $900,00, and needs another $232,000. A rendering of the new property, by architect Gregory S. Ibañez (the husband of Amphibian co-founder and artistic director Kathleen Culebro).
Here's more from the 'Phibs news release.
Amphibian Stage Productions Launches Capital Campaign With Chair, Kevin Kline
Amphibian Will Purchase 108 S. Main in Fort Worth, Texas on May 14
(Fort Worth, TX) – Amphibian Stage Productions today announced the official launch of its Capital Campaign, "Metamorphosis," which will assist in the purchase and renovation of a building in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood, with the help of Capital Campaign Chair and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline.
Amphibian is scheduled to close on the property, located at 108 South Main Street, on May 14, 2012. To date, Amphibian has raised $893,932 for the purchase and renovation of the building and needs to raise an additional $231,900 in order to complete the renovation. Architect and Chairman of the Amphibian Stage Productions Board of Directors, Gregory S. Ibañez, FAIA, is designing and overseeing the renovation of the new Amphibian space. He is generously donating his services for the project.
In a statement, Kevin Kline, known not only for his award-winning film work, but also for his extensive stage work and commitment to the theatre, said, "To paraphrase a noted playwright, Amphibian now has 'a stage for a kingdom, indeed, a most worthy scaffold to bring forth great objects.' This new home is a platform to expand the artistic excellence that has marked Amphibian's first 13 years. It is the essential ingredient for arts that enrich our community-deep roots that allow generations to think, cry, and laugh at the wonder of live theatre in an intimate setting."
Mr. Kline continued, "I don't know if the Bard's Globe Theatre was a catalyst for urban regeneration in its day, but as a bonus, Amphibian's new home will also help invigorate a neighborhood that is poised to capitalize on its location on the edge of downtown. Please join me in supporting Amphibian Stage Productions and the vital work that they do to nourish the culture of Fort Worth and North Texas."
Amphibian Stage Productions looks forward to opening the renovated space for its performances and offices in the fall of 2012.
About 108 South Main Street: Already slated to be the next vibrant area in Fort Worth – much like Magnolia and West Seventh Street – the South Main Corridor is ideal for housing Amphibian's permanent home, and the company is thrilled to be an important participant in the area's revitalization. The building at 108 South Main Street will include a flexible black box theatre, an open lobby, dressing rooms, a green room, offices, a scene shop, storage space, and free parking for patrons of the theatre. The new space will allow Amphibian to expand its programming to include additional main stage productions and staged readings, as well as workshops and outreach programs. Amphibian's new home will be a cultural destination for artists, audiences, and members of the community to share in the creation of new and timeless works. To contribute to the Capital Campaign and become a part of Amphibian history, donors may visit www.amphibianproductions.org to make an online contribution or call 817-923-3012 to speak with an Amphibian representative. Donation payments may be made on an installment basis, and naming opportunities are available for interested parties.
About Kevin Kline: Mr. Kline's extensive work in theatre includes his recent turn as the title character in Cyrano de Bergerac on Broadway, as well as Henry IV at Lincoln Center Theater, Mother Courage and Her Children, The Seagull, Henry V, and The Pirates of Penzance at the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, and King Lear and Hamlet at The Public Theater in New York. He has won two Tony Awards for his work in the Broadway musicals On the Twentieth Century and The Pirates of Penzance. A film veteran as well, Mr. Kline won an Academy Award for his supporting role in A Fish Called Wanda. He is also known for such films as The Big Chill, Sophie's Choice, A Midsummer Night's Dream, French Kiss, and Dave.
He attended Indiana University in Bloomington and subsequently studied in the Drama Division at the Juilliard School in New York. About Amphibian Stage ProductionsAmphibian Stage Productions is a non-profit theatre company founded in 2000 by three alumni of TCU's Department of Theatre who strive to produce innovative and engaging works of theatre that challenge the way we see the world around us. Now in its thirteenth season, Amphibian has produced numerous groundbreaking and challenging plays (some regional premieres, others US or world premieres) that foster a deeper understanding of ourselves as members of the global community. The company is widely recognized for its stylistically and thematically varied scripts. Committed to nurturing young and diverse audiences, Amphibian has developed a strong internship program, a summer acting workshop for teens, and a dynamic outreach project, Tad-Poles, that is steadily increasing the company's visibility and following.
The group travels to schools and community centers, performing and spreading a message of multicultural collaboration and tolerance. Amphibian is generously funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, Texas Commission on the Arts, the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, Ann L. & Carol Green Rhodes Charitable Trust, Amon G. Carter Foundation, Alcon Foundation, the Nell V. Bailey Charitable Trust, Wells Fargo Bank, Berlene T. & Jarrell R. Milburn, Mrs. Betty J. Sanders, The Rug Company, Out of Nowhere Website Design, Bates Container, Pier 1 Imports, and the Devonian Society, a group of Amphibian's devoted donors who are proud to be the force behind nurturing the next generation of artists and audiences.