Pinch ’n’ Ouch Theatre finds new home in Candler Park
Finally, we have a place to call home,” says Producing Artistic Director Grant McGowen who landed a new theater across the street from the popular farm table restaurant Ration & Dram. McGowen has seen a number of Atlanta venues including the Hertz Stage, 14th Street Playhouse, 7Stages, and most recently a Church basement in the Virginia Highlands.
“Now we can produce what we want, when we want, and there is extra motivation to work hard because we have rent to pay.” In addition to having theatre productions, McGowen plans on having a film festival and acting classes in the new space.
The company has announced two productions, the wild and funny satire Pizza Man by Darlene Craviotto and the critically acclaimed The Shape Of Things, which became the mark of award-winning playwright Neil LaBute and perhaps one of his most renown plays about self image. Pinch ’n’ Ouch has already proven a fondness for LaBute’s writing, having produced Reasons To Be Pretty, Autobahn, and Some Girls.
Dad’s Garage Purchases “Forever Home”
Dad’s Garage Theatre Company has officially closed on the property that will become their new “forever home.” In 2013, the original Dad’s Garage space in Inman Park was slated for redevelopment, and since then the company has been performing out of 7 Stages in Little Five Points. Dad’s Garage, which focuses on improv and scripted comedy shows, will soon move into a church in the heart of the Old Fourth Ward. This new location just off Edgewood Avenue will allow Dad’s Garage to grow with the evolving neighborhood and contribute to the vibrant entertainment scene developing in the area.
Several locations were considered before the church at 569 Ezzard Street was deemed the perfect home for Dad’s Garage. The property sits on 1.22 acres, includes more than 90 parking spots, and has already been rezoned with community support. Months ago, Dad’s Garage undertook their largest fundraising campaign ever to purchase the property, which cost just over $2 million. Since August, more than $690,000 has been pledged to purchase the space. This included $169,000 from a Kickstarter (the largest live theatre campaign in Kickstarter history), which more than a thousand fans contributed to. Members of the Atlanta funding community stepped up to keep the company in the area, including an anonymous donor, who contributed the single largest cash gift in the history of the organization. The board of directors stepped up to cover over 5% of the purchase price. A bank loan was secured to cover the remaining costs, including limited renovations to the property. Pollack Commercial served as the real estate broker during this multi-year process.
The congregation currently occupying the space will have use of the church for another year. Dad’s Garage tentatively plans to perform in the new location by mid 2016. A new sound system, concessions area, and elevated seating will be added to the space. In addition to creating a permanent stage for Dad’s Garage, this acquisition will add support space for the company. They will use this time to complete plans and do limited fundraising for additional renovation.