"The Bromo Tower District is going to become a place you want to be," Daniel said. "Now we need to recruit some restaurants and wine bars. I can see it happening."

On the other side of town, Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of the city's other Equity house, Center Stage, is also welcoming the opening of the new Everyman.

"It just makes me smile," Kwei-Armah said. "I'm just overjoyed for Vinny, for Everyman, and for theater in Baltimore. All eyes are now on Everyman, so I've got to get my game up, and that's no bad thing."

The Everyman company will have an opportunity to step up its game in an inaugural season that includes three more Baltimore premieres including Yasmina Reza's "God of Carnage" starting in March. That all of this activity will unfold in the company's own handsome space delights Everyman veterans.

"To watch this old boarded-up space, which smelled like it had not been opened in forever, turn into all of this, a space custom-designed for us, exceeds expectations," Nelson said. "There is a lot of pinching yourself, a lot of jaw-dropping. And to work in a place that once did live theater, to retain the 'E' from the Empire Theatre — it's all perfectly cyclical."


If you go

Ribbon-cutting: 10 a.m. Monday at Everyman Theatre, 315 W. Fayette St., followed by a public tour of the facility; free admission.

Pay-what-you-can: Preview performance of "August: Osage County" at 7 p.m. Tuesday

Previews: 7 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday ($38 to $45).

Gala-priced performances and receptions: Friday and Saturday ($200 to $400).

Regular performances: Begin Jan. 22 and run through Feb. 17 ($10 to $65). Call 410-752-2208 or go to everymantheatre.org.

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