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

Stages theater Gordy
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)

Image description
The Lester and Sue Smith Stage is a 223-seat arena theater. (Amitava Sarkar/Courtesy Stages)
Image description
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."

713-527-0123. www.stageshouston.com
By Matt Dulin

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


MOST RECENT

With staffing taking up the vast majority of public safety budgets, staffing may have to be one area to cut costs, officials said. (Anya Gallant/Community Impact Newspaper)
Houston police, fire departments propose slight budget increases for 2020-21 amid coronavirus downturn

However, both police and fire chiefs acknowlegded personnel cuts may be necessary.

Houston fiscal year 2020-21 budget workshops run from April 7 through May 20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Harris County launches Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program, begins process of creating COVID-19 relief fund

In partnership with the Houston-Galveston Area Council, Harris County launched a $10 million Small Business Economic Assistance Loan Program on April 7 to help small businesses on the road to recovery.

Texas Children’s Hospital
Texas Children’s Hospital provides stipend to employees during COVID-19

Both full-time and part-time employees will receive a check on April 10.

Live music acts such as Houston-based band The Tontons have been wiped off venue schedules amid the coronavirus outbreak. Local musicians are now eligible to apply for monetary support from the newly formed Houston Music Foundation. (Courtesy Mark C. Austin)
Newly formed Houston Music Foundation offers relief to out-of-work musicians

The fund hopes to start cutting checks as early as this week.

A temporary medical shelter is being constructed outside NRG Stadium to help house patients if area hospitals run out of capacity while treating COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Visit Houston)
ROUNDUP: South Houston coronavirus coverage continues

Here are some notable updates from South Houston on the outbreak of coronavirus that readers may have missed.

With the transition to home-based, digital learning, Houston ISD is preparing to make adjustments to how overall grades will be assigned. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston ISD expected to finalize new grading policy in coming days

Under Texas Education Agency guidance, districts do not necessarily have to assign letter grades for courses.

Houston fiscal year 2020-21 budget workshops run from April 7 through May 20. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Houston city budget workshops kick off amid economic turmoil

Houston city department heads are presenting budget proposals to City Council members throughout April and May.

Sheldon State Park, along with other state parks across Texas, will temporarily close at 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Texas Parks and Wildlife Department)
State parks, historic sites in the Greater Houston area close under Gov. Greg Abbott's order

Gov. Greg Abbott announced via a news release April 7 that state parks and historic sites should be temporarily closed to help curb the spread of the coronavirus.

Abbott's order closes all state parks and historical sites effective 5 p.m. April 7. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Gov. Abbott closes state parks, historical sites due to coronavirus concerns

Abbott said the closure is to help prevent large gatherings and strengthen social distancing.

VIDEO: Texas Tribune interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar about the coronavirus's effects on the state economy

At 8 a.m. April 7, The Texas Tribune will host a live interview with Texas Comptroller Glenn Hegar, conducted by Texas Tribune Executive Editor Ross Ramsey.

The "Stay Home-Work Safe" order in Harris County also prohibits residents from playing on public playgrounds and using public basketball courts. (Shawn Arrajj/Community Impact Newspaper)
REPORT: Stay-at-home order has saved an estimated 4,500 lives in Harris County so far

New data from the Rice University Kinder Instutite of Urban Research suggests social distancing efforts have been effective.