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I am rather surprised no one has commented here about the fact that construction has commenced on this project.  Utilities trenching and drilling for piers is almost complete and concrete should be po

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My parents went to a play at the AD Players last night. Their program has a rendering and requests for donations, so it seems like they'll build it as soon as they have the funds.

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Thought I'd throw this out there. It's the same rendering provided by ChannelTwoNews earlier in this thread - which appears on the sign at the site - but this is a slightly higher-quality version which appears on the AD Players website itself.

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Not to overtly solicit money on their behalf - I have no affiliation with AD Players and have never even been to one of their performances - but this won't happen without donations. If you want to see this become realized, I encourage you all to directly contribute whatever you can: http://www.adplayers.org/capitalcampaign.html. It's a nice looking building and I think it would really enhance the uptown area.

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I guess they're pretty close to hitting the amount needing to begin.

 

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Since its founding in 1967, the A. D. Players have pioneered a unique style of theater committed to producing programs that uphold human values, offer creativity, and promote literacy and education. In 2003, BrewerEscalante was engaged to assist the A. D. Players with due diligence research for the acquisition of 4 acres of land on Westheimer Road near the Houston Galleria. BrewerEscalante has been engaged as the civil engineer for the current development of that site. Gabriel Architects is the project architect. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2014 on the site for the 450 seat Proscenium Theater. Site development includes surface parking for over 180 patrons and employees.

 

http://www.brewer-escalante.com/Markets-Commercial.html

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I'm ok with it being built out from the Theater District, Houston is large enough to support small arts organizations in other locations.  A little underwhelming though, a shame they didn't do something a bit more daring... still a better venue and architectural work than the current location.

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Looks like someone has a fondness for Richard Meier :P If that's the case then you know that stone is travertine xD. I agree with you arche_757 Houston should have multiple theaters to help bring entertainment to each of our urban cores/downtowns. For the big stuff you should have it at the theater district, but it's always good to spread it around especially in this area of town where it is booming and needs some more entertainment options. 

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The site is fenced in with a construction trailer on site and a rendering sign. Not sure if this is recent news or not, but I just noticed for the first time.

 

Unfortunately, it's been like that for a while.

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Unfortunately, it's been like that for a while.

 

 

The Queensbury Theatre is about half done at this point. It's Dueling Community Theaters! B)

It has been fenced for awhile since Mission Construction moved their trailer to the lot.  I am the Production Manager for the theater, and we have been awaiting the lengthy City of Houston permitting process.  Construction of our new theater should be commencing by the end of the year.

 

toxtethogrady - Just to point out that yes, The Queesbury is a community theater, the A.D. Players is not.  We have a full time staff of 20 professionals and several contract artists that produce 10 shows a year.  In addition, the Queensbury was fortunate enough to have a piece of property that a developer wanted, and I believe that their new building was part of the deal for the land where the old theater was.

 

The 2015-16 theater season is going to be very exciting for Houston with The Alley moving back into their newly renovated theater, the opening of the new Queesbury Theater, the newly renovated Main Street theater on Times Blvd, the opening of the MATCH, and the opening of the A.D. Players new theater.  Very exciting for all of us in the business and our patrons. 

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I think I saw the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the AD Players in the 1990s one time. I am actually pretty surprised they get something like this, it seemed "community theater" back then, not bad just small.

I hope you would assume that any arts organization would grow over 20 or so years. I have been with the theater since the early 90s and we have grown in many ways. I hope you give us another chance now and once we've moved to Westheimer.

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I think I saw the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe at the AD Players in the 1990s one time. I am actually pretty surprised they get something like this, it seemed "community theater" back then, not bad just small.

It was gifted to them by Bob McNair. Equivalents in DC would be the church-related theater companies (Aldersgate, St. Mark's) but on a much more ambitious scale.

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Are they only doing theist shows?

 

No.  In the early days of the company all of the plays were of a religious nature and many of them were direct re-telling of bible stories.  As the company has grown and expanded our programming over the past almost 50 years, we now do a wide variety of productions.  We have recently announced our new season, which will begin in September.  We are still Christian artists producing theater, but not every show we do is a biblical or religious based show.

 

Check out our new season and other information about us at http://adplayers.org

 

Thanks

 

Mark Lewis

Production Manager/Resident Designer

A.D. Players

 

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