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."