On December 14th, they came to a farewell cabaret to say goodbye to Signature’s garage space and we were in the lobby recording before and after the show. Stopping by (in order of appearance): Joel Markowitz, Vicki Winter, Amy Winter, Eric Schaeffer, Alex Matthews, Harry Winter, Emily Beard, Bob and Phyllis Hecht, Laurie Kahn, Kitty Ray, Rick Burch, an anonymous commentator, Kathleen Ott, Bill Lipsed and, with a classic cell phone story, Helen Hayes Award winner Will Gartshore. Click here to hear their memories which stretch w-a-a-y back, and their hopes for the new space.
And boy – will they love tomorrow! We just toured the new Signature – an astonishing, glamorous complex of two theaters, the 99 seat ARK and the 299 seat MAX, linked by a gorgeous lobby looking out to the shops of Shirlington Village. None of the love is lost in the new space, and everything is gained. Signature is still committed to the flexible black box presentation and to not miking performers – having spent over a $1 Million in creating the perfect acoustical performance spaces. Everyone’s dreams are coming true: for rehearsals, dancers have sprung floors, singers and musicians have perfect acoustics, directors can tape off the complete performing space, the tech areas are state of the art, spacious dressing rooms accommodate 41 performers, and the offices are visually exciting. And for the audience: a grand staircase with chandelier, a sweeping bar and lounge in the lobby which will showcase a pianist, and free parking in one – and soon two – adjacent parking lots.
Even this week, with the whine of saws and drills in the background, and cables and scaffolding everywhere, the special Signature energy is already bubbling up. See for yourself at Signature’s Open House: January 13-14 featuring tours, cabarets, workshops and culminating with a special preview of Into the Woods. Doors open each day at 11:30 am. Click here for the complete schedule.