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January 17, 2012 / ivytechartspartner

BPP Celebrates the Completion of its Massive Theater Makeover


January 17, 2012
Press Contact: Gabe Gloden, Managing Director

BPP Celebrates the Completion of its Massive Theater Makeover

Bloomington, IN –

The Bloomington Playwrights Project (BPP) is proud to announce the completion of a massive makeover to its theatre space on Ninth Street.

In December 2010, the BPP unveiled the first phase of its space overhaul that focused on a  complete redesign and renovation of its lobby space.  The renovation transformed the theater with new bamboo flooring, new paint colors, new lighting fixtures and furniture, improved art gallery mounting, a new box office, a grand entrance to the Timothy J. Wiles Stage, a large double-door entrance to backstage, an added stage apron and curtain for the Lora Shiner Studio stage, and completely renovated bathrooms with tiled floors.

The latest wave of renovations to the BPP’s Ninth Street location includes a brand new kitchen, completely remodeled and redesigned dressing rooms and office space, as well as major improvements to its Timothy J. Wiles Mainstage theater.  This major project was made possible through a generous grant from the City of Bloomington Investment Incentive Fund (BIIF).  The BPP was the first organization in four years to receive a grant from the fund.

“The City of Bloomington is pleased to have had the opportunity through our BlIF grant program to participate in this project,” states Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts. “The BIIF grant allowed the BPP to leverage significant additional funding from individual and corporate donors bringing these needed enhancements to fruition much more quickly.  We look forward to seeing the benefits of these investments onstage at the BPP for many years to come.”

Over the past two years, the BPP has raised $100,000 towards renovations and improvements to the 9th Street location.  In addition to the generous grant from the City of Bloomington, the BPP also received support from private foundations and individuals.

“Thanks to the support of the entire community, we’ve been able to renovate just about every inch of space in our building,” explains BPP Artistic Director Chad Rabinovitz. “It’s a wonderful thing.  Not only will our patrons get a better experience and be able to see even higher quality shows than ever before, but it also impacts the dozens of other community organizations that use the BPP space each year.”

A Grand ReOpening Celebration will be held, concurrent with the opening weekend of The Boy in the Bathroom, the BPP’s latest Mainstage show, on Thursday & Friday (Feb. 2 & 3).  The event will feature a progressive reception with musical entertainment and a unique beverage and appetizer in each of BPP’s newly renovated rooms, plus the unveiling of new commissioned artwork by Joel Washington & Martina Celerin with support from the Mary Morgan Oliver Foundation.

Tickets to The Boy in the Bathroom are $18 General Admission; $15 Student/Senior, available at the BCT Box Office at the Buskirk Chumley Theatre (



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