What a dream come true
Posted on Tuesday, June 19, 2012 at 11:44 PM
by Tara Mallen
I have this very vivid memory from many moons ago that involves Keith, Meighan, Mary, Karen and myself, hanging out around 2am at the tiny Footsteps Theatre hanging lights for WRENS. Karen insisted we could manage the lights ourselves and besides we had no money to pay anyone else. So up she went on the ladder. We all sat and advised her. I think perhaps there was marijuana involved. And I remember a conversation that we had while watching Karen on that ladder about wouldn't it be just so cool if we just had our own theatre?
Lemme tell you, it is.
This past March we finally threw open the doors to the gorgeous new theatre that is our new artistic home. Thanks in huge part to the owners of the building (my all-time favorite Croats - Stjepen and Ivan Misetic), The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation and The MacArthur Foundation PAV Fund and so, so, so many amazing and generous individuals, we were able to not only throw open those doors, but mount two lovely Midwest Premieres - Falling: A Wake and Crooked. Both were huge hits with audiences, both were Jeff Recommended and both featured casts and crews comprised of our gifted Rivendell artists.
What a dream come true.
In true Rivendell fashion, we decided we needed to throw a party to celebrate this huge watershed moment in our history with all our dear friends and family. (It is known throughout the Chicago theatre scene that partying with Rivendell is like partying with Guns N' Roses... or so says Lindsay Jones, anyway.)
So last Wednesday at Lincoln Park's stunning A New Leaf Studio and Garden, Rivendell Theatre Ensemble and more than 120 of our good friends and associates made a little bit of magic together. We celebrated our 2011-2012 season (the first in our brand new space) and rasised a glass to all the folks that contributed so much to help us get said theater actually open.
The amazing Jodi Brewer chaired the evening and was seconded by the inexhaustible Mark Becker. Guests were treated to delicious food from J&L Catering, fabulous cocktails graciously donated by Mr. Driehaus, a sneak peak performance from Rivendell's hit show Crooked, and the mellifluous tones of the inimitable Miss Jane Baxter Miller.
The generosity of our donors was truly inspiring, taking us far beyond our projected goal for the evening. What a fantastic night! And truly, what an amazing year.
Your still have a weekend left to catch Crooked, and don't you worry - there will be lots of other parties too. But I wanted to thank you all (you know who you are!) from the bottom of my heart for helping us get to here. It's been quite a journey.
(PS - for more photos from the Rooted on Ridge event last week, check out our Facebook album!)