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For Immediate Release: 6/19/2014
County Announces New Theatre Group to Manage Black Box Theater

Montgomery County has selected the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring (TCSS) to assume management for the Black Box Theatre in Silver Spring. The theatre is located at 8641 Colesville Rd., beside the AFI Theatre. The Round House Theatre, after 10 years of successful management and operation of the Black Box, has decided to move on to other ventures and did not renew its lease on the performance space. Round House classroom space remains in Silver Spring.

The TCSS, which over the years had partnered with Round House to present performances, signed a five-year lease for managing the theatre.

“I look forward to great things from the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring,” said County Executive Ike Leggett. “Montgomery County’s cultural arts scene is second to none, and this newly-formed theatre group made up of four successful and diverse theatre companies will add another dimension to live theatre options in the County.”

“For over 10 years the Black Box Theater along with AFI have made downtown Silver Spring one of the premier arts destinations in Montgomery County,” said Council Member George Leventhal. “As we welcome the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, the County recognizes the need for more theater space down county to serve the growing and increasingly diverse community.”

The TCSS is made up of the following four theatre groups:

ArtStream, Inc. -- original musicals featuring adult actors with disabilities;

Forum Theatre -- professional, local theatre artists producing adventurous and challenging plays; 51 percent of tickets are “pay-what-you-want” at the door;

Live Garra Theatre -- produces bold theatre, readings, and other educational opportunities, focused through the lense of African-American Heritage and Black Theatre. and

Lumina Studio Theatre -- provides new interpretations of Shakespeare and other classical theatre, performed by teens.

“We are pleased that management of the Black Box Theatre was awarded to this consortium of award-winning theatre groups.” said Suzan Jenkins, chief executive officer of the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County. “This is great news for culture in our community, and we look forward to working with the Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring as they transform the Black Box Theatre into an exciting and preeminent space for theatre in Montgomery County.”

 

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Release ID: 14-267
Media Contact: Sue Tucker 240-777-6507

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