Theater planned for Power Plant


One use for a portion of the Power Plant is largely in place -- a 350-seat off-Broadway theater operated by the Baltimore Center for the Performing Arts. Hope Quackenbush, BCPA managing director, said yesterday that she has a lease in hand and will sign it as soon as it is approved by her board.

The theater, which could open as soon as March 1, will house small-scale touring productions as well as shows produced by the BCPA. "A lot of material does not lend itself either to the Mechanic or the kind of work that Center Stage does," Mrs. Quackenbush said, adding that the shows will be aimed at a young audience, and tickets will cost $20.

In addition, she said the board has decided that earnings will go to develop the vacant Mayfair Theater on Howard Street into a 500-seat community theater for local arts groups.

Asked how she would feel about sharing the Power Plant with a contemporary branch of the Baltimore Museum, Mrs. Quackenbush commented, "It's a terrific melding -- a 20th century approach to our community."

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