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Donor commits to $1-million 'Patron to Patron Challenge' to help fund A Noise Within's new theater

November 3, 2010 |  5:10 pm

Anw-theater This has been a bountiful autumn for A Noise Within.

In the past six weeks, the Glendale-based classical repertory company has received two grants totaling $700,000 and a commitment from an anonymous donor to match as much as $1 million in contributions -- all toward construction of its new home in Pasadena.

Counting the grants (but not the challenge pledge), the company has reached the $11-million mark in its $13.3-million capital campaign for a theater complex that is scheduled to open in time for the company's 20th anniversary season in fall 2011.

The "Patron to Patron Challenge" was made by a longtime ANW supporter in Pasadena, said Terry Kay, president of the theater's board of directors. "Every donation from this point forward is doubled in value," he said.

The Eisner Foundation is giving a $200,000 grant committed to capital support for the theater and a learning center and library in the 33,000-square-foot facility. The Ahmanson Foundation is giving a $500,000 construction grant, having also donated a $2-million lead gift when the capital campaign began in 2007.

A Noise Within, which leases a former Masonic hall in Glendale, is building a 300-seat theater, costume and scene shops, offices and rehearsal and educational facilities. The structure will fit behind a historic facade that is part of a complex designed by architect Edward Durell Stone in a mixed-use development on Foothill Boulevard at Sierra Madre Villa Avenue.

Public tours of the site are being offered on the second Sunday of each month.

--Karen Wada

Image: Rendering of the planned A Noise Within theater. Credit: John Berry Architects


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