Community unites to re-open renowned theatre that operated for more than 60 years
Nashville, IN (June 17, 2011) – In a community founded by artists, the Brown County Playhouse served for decades as a nucleus for the performing arts in Nashville, Indiana. For the majority of the Playhouse’s operation, the Indiana University’s Theatre Department successfully operated and produced plays at the historic venue. As the first step to reopen the Playhouse under local, nonprofit ownership and management, a fundraising performance event is planned for June 25, 2011. The doors open at 6:00 p.m., followed at 7:00 p.m. by musical and theatrical performances by local artists.
Headliners for the event include The Not Too Bad Bluegrass Band, founded by local musicians Brian Lappin and Doug Harden; Emily Rose Brady, a young and up-and-coming singer well-known in the community; and The Bear of Bad News, an improvised comedy troupe of professional Chicago comedians, featuring Ian McCabe.
“Our group is honored to play a role in resurrecting the Playhouse,” shared musician Doug Harden. “We want to remind Brown County how deeply the Playhouse has planted its roots in the culture of our community.”
In cooperation with the Brown County Community Foundation, the Indiana University Foundation forged a plan to offer the Playhouse property to the Brown County Community Foundation, a 501c3 non-for-profit local organization. The Community Foundation established a designated fund, the “Brown County Playhouse The Next Act,” for the purpose of meeting an initial fundraising goal of $60,000. Once this first phase of fundraising is completed, the Brown County Community Foundation will accept title to the property. Phase one of the campaign will cover legal costs of establishing a nonprofit management company, real estate inspections, clean up and repair costs for occupancy and operating overhead for a two-year period. The phase two capital campaign goal is $150,000 and the final phase of the campaign will establish a $500,000 endowment fund to ensure a sustainable future for the Playhouse.
Tickets for the June 25 performance event are $50 each and are available online at http://www.browncounty.com and http://www.bccfin.org. Tickets can also be purchased at the Brown County Community Foundation, the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau, Hills O’Brown Realty, and wherever signs are posted throughout the Village of Nashville.
For additional information about Brown County events, tourist attractions and lodging accommodations, please visit the Brown County Convention and Visitors Bureau website at http://www.browncounty.com