Updates on our new theater and our coming season of shows will be featured at Near West Theatre’s Annual Meeting this Thursday, Sept. 18, at 5:30 p.m. in the Atrium of the Gordon Square Arcade Building, 6516 Detroit Ave. We’ll also honor our 2013-2014 volunteers and show some brief snippets from among hours of footage collected by filmmaker Ted Sikora about the art, mission, process and spirit of Near West Theatre. A business meeting of the Board of Trustees will follow. All are welcome! Free parking is available in several Gordon Square Arts District lots and in the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church lot, 6928 Detroit Ave.
Near West Theatre is grateful for ongoing programmatic support from the Ohio Arts Council, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, and Greater Cleveland Community Shares, and for special support from Ronald McDonald House Charities of Northeastern Ohio for equipment used by young people in technical workshops and other backstage experiences.
The Near West Theatre construction site in the Gordon Square Arts District, viewed from the southeast on Sept. 12, 2014. Photo by Hans Holznagel
Mineral-wood insulation (right), soon to be encased in plywood (left). Photos by Hans Holznagel
A late-summer afternoon at our construction site in the Gordon Square Arts District brought to mind the art of theater and the art of building. Process and detail matter. Light matters. Point of view matters. Good results rely on design, framework, inner work and ensemble. A lot goes on behind the scenes that the audience never sees. And so on. Pick an anaology.
Poignantly, as with rehearsals and performances, the beauty and interest you find on the construction site one day won’t be quite the same the next. Audiences in our building next year will enjoy wonderful things, but the cast of construction professionals and a handful of others are the only ones who get to be in the presence of the struggles and beauty of these days of preparation. Here, then, captured on Sept. 4, are a few still-life views of this work in progress. For frequent photo updates of a more standard variety, click “like” at the Near West Theatre Facebook page. — Hans Holznagel
Especially long screws connect wood batten to gypsum-board sheathing that has been coated with a “fluid-applied air barrier.”
Future elevator shaft.
A framed-in control booth in the balcony, looking toward the house and stage below.
An initial piece of insulation occupies a niche in the metal-framed part of the south wall, outside the elevator shaft.
The south wall, awaiting further layers, catches the afternoon sun.
Green is beautiful.
Gypsum is gold.
Overview from the southeast.