Stages set to unveil The Gordy, its new $35 million campus

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The lobby of the Gordy serves a community meeting space at the center of the campus. (Amitava Sarkar/Courtesy Stages)

The lobby of the Gordy serves a community meeting space at the center of the campus. (Amitava Sarkar/Courtesy Stages)

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The Lester and Sue Smith Stage is a 223-seat arena theater. (Amitava Sarkar/Courtesy Stages)
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The Sterling Stage has 251 seats across two levels. (Amitava Sarkar/Courtesy Stages)
Almost four years after Stages purchased the site, the theater is unveiling its new $35 million campus to the public Jan. 18.

The Gordy, a former warehouse for the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, at 800 Rosine St., has been transformed into a site featuring three state-of-the-art performance venues, expanded rehearsal and meeting space and a 300-space parking garage. Patrons will also find some new amenities: a full-service bar, a spacious patio and balcony, and a lounge for VIP donors complete with wine storage.

"We envision The Gordy as a creative hub, buzzing with activity day and night, seven days a week," Stages Managing Director Mark Folkes said.

The performance spaces are the Sterling Stage, 251-seat thrust theater, Lester and Sue Smith Stage, 223-seat arena theater—the only one of its size in Houston—and the Rochelle and Max Levit Stage, a 134-seat black box theater with multiple seating configurations.

The enhanced theaters expand the creative freedom for future productions, with new capabilities for lighting, sound and set design, he said.

On the Levit Stage, the theater will experiment with offering long-run productions with no predetermined end date, Stages communications director Lise Bohn said.

"They will run as long as there is market and community support," she said. "There's nothing like that in Houston."

By Matt Dulin

Matt joined Community Impact Newspaper in January 2018 and is the City Editor for Houston's Inner Loop editions.


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