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Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples Receives $10 Million Gift

Gulfshore Playhouse in Naples, Florida, has received a $10 million matching gift from Patty and Jay Baker toward construction of a new regional theater complex, the Naples Herald reports.

The gift form the Bakers will support construction of a 56,000-square-foot complex with two state-of-the-art theaters, one of which will seat four hundred people; a hundred-and-fifty-seat black box studio; an art gallery and educational wing; an atrium; and a cafe open to the public. In addition, VIP members of the playhouse will have their own lounge area, while actors and playhouse officials will get new rehearsal space, a new costume shop and storage, and new administrative offices. A feasibility study for the $45 million “Next Stage” capital campaign is under way, with the campaign expected to be launched as soon the study is completed.

Groundbreaking on the new complex, which will present a variety of pre-Broadway productions, is expected to happen within the year, with the grand opening celebration planned for 2019.

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