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PINOLE ROCKY HORROR BENEFIT FOR MASQUERS

The Pinole Community Players has scheduled a benefit performance of the camp horror classic The Rocky Horror Show to aid the Masquers Playhouse Building Fund!

 

Thursday, November 3
7:30 PM (Special Time)
Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Avenue, Pinole

 

Click Here for tickets and more info
or call the box office at 510-724-9844

16TH ST PLAYERS/MASQUERS PRESENT 

MURDERED TO DEATH

The 16th St. Players at Mission Dolores, San Francisco and the Masquers Playhouse of Point Richmond present Murdered to Death, Peter Gordon’s comic parody of an Agatha Christie whodunit.

 

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, November 4–20

Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 PM
Sunday Matinees on November 13 & 20 at 3:00 PM

Mission Dolores Academy Auditorium, 3371 16th St., between Dolores & Church Sts., SF

 

free parking, wheelchair accessible
MUNI: J Church; BART: 16th St. (& Mission)
Shows are free (donations requested)

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MASQUERS PLAYHOUSE MOVES FORWARD WITH PLANS TO REOPEN IN 2017


Retains Interactive Resources to Design Critical Seismic and ADA Accessibility Upgrades


Richmond, CA—
The Masquers Playhouse is making progress toward its goal of reopening for its 2017 season, retaining noted architectural and engineering firm Interactive Resources to provide critical seismic and ADA accessibility upgrades. The historic theater in Point Richmond closed in March 2016 following the discovery of major damage to the playhouse’s primary interior support structure. For the first time since its founding in 1955, all productions for the remainder of the season were cancelled.
“We’re an all-volunteer community theater that operates on a small budget,” said Masquers Board President David Cole. “So, we needed help from a firm that could give us an appropriate scale fix at a reasonable price. Interactive Resources and its professionals understood what we were after, listened to our wishes, and worked within our budget. With their design in hand, we can now confidently go out to the community and solicit donations to get the theater reopened on schedule.”

The seismic upgrade will include reinforcing the front of the building and ceiling joists, and anchoring the perimeter walls. The work will also include ADA accessibility upgrades to bring the front entry and restrooms into compliance. The original structure was built circa 1903.
“We are excited to get to work with this beloved theater and to help reopen its doors,” said Andrew Butt, AIA, LEED AP and Principal at Interactive Resources. “Our expertise in both structural and historic projects, as well as our close community ties to the Masquers Playhouse, makes this partnership a natural and gratifying fit.” Interactive Resources has a long track-record of preservation projects in the Bay Area broadly and in Richmond in particular, including the Hotel Mac, The Bank of Richmond, Mechanics Bank Trainmasters Building, East Brothers Lighthouse, and many more.


About Masquers Playhouse

The Masquers was established in 1955 to produce affordable plays and educational programs for the entertainment and cultural enhancement of the greater Bay Area. For its entire history, the group has been staffed and run completely on a volunteer basis.
In 1959, the Masquers moved into the Village Playhouse at 105 Park Place in Point Richmond, and in 1961, the theater was officially renamed Masquers Playhouse. In the ensuing 57 years, Masquers has tackled nearly 400 productions, large and tiny, musical and nonmusical, dramatic and light. The group has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, and has garnered accolades and awards for the quality of its work and for the longevity of the organization.
As Masquers mounts its rebuilding effort, tax-deductible donations are welcomed, and benefactors are encouraged to email rebuild@masquers.org or call (510) 232-3888. For more information, please visit www.masquers.org.


About Interactive Resources

Founded in 1973, Interactive Resources is a multi-disciplined architectural and engineering firm committed to the design of high-quality, state-of-the-art and sustainable developments. The firm provides architectural design, structural engineering, and historical preservation services to a wide range of clients, including educational, federal, municipal, private sector, winery, solar and multi-family residential sectors. Offering design, contract documents, and construction administration for both new facilities and rehabilitations, the firm has extensive experience in: roof repair and design; façade evaluation and repair of building envelope and exterior wall systems; waterproofing and weatherization; energy-efficient and sustainable design; mechanical system upgrades; seismic upgrades; historic rehabilitations; and accessibility upgrades. For more information please visit www.intres.com.


Contact:
David Cole, Board President
Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
V: 510.236.1475
Email: rebuild@masquers.org |www.masquers.org



Andrew Butt, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Interactive Resources
117 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7520 | F: 510.232.5325
Email: andrew.butt@intres.com| www.intres.com


For high-resolution photo requests, please contact:
Christina Zirker, Administrative Assistant
Interactive Resources
117 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7501 | F: 510.232.5325
Email: christina.zirker@intres.com | www.intres.com

YOUR QUESTIONS

Click on the icon to the left to see some of the most frequently-asked questions we’ve received about our theater’s closure.

Dear Friend of the Masquers Playhouse,

 

In early March, our facilities supervisors discovered major damage to the Playhouse’s primary interior support structure. An immediate investigation told us that the theater should not be reopened to the general public until its structural integrity is restored. By all current indications, this process will take months on end.

 

With the safety of our audiences in mind, a tandem meeting of the theater’s Board of Directors and Administrative Staff determined that the best course of action was to cancel all productions for the remainder of our 2016 season and shutter the theater until repairs are complete. That means that neither mainstage shows nor Envision productions nor Songbook concerts will run for the rest of the year. (We are currently looking into alternative venues for Stage One, our summer children’s program.)

 

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause our subscribers, our patrons, and our theatrical community both on and off stage.

 

We will keep you in the loop about current conditions at Masquers. A preliminary report from structural engineers is in the works right now. We should know the extent of the damage within a month, and what measures — monetary or otherwise — will be required to fix it. This will be no small task.

 

In the meantime, thank you for your patience and understanding, and please consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation will be the start of our next great endeavor: getting the Masquers back on its feet!

For further information, or if you have questions, please email rebuild@masquers.org or phone 510.232.3888 and leave a message. We’ll try to answer all questions in the FAQ below, in addition to a personal response.

Sincerely,

David Cole, Board President

Robert Love, Managing Director