Amphibian Stage Productions today announced the official launch of its Capital Campaign, "Metamorphosis," which will assist in the purchase and renovation of a building in Fort Worth's Near Southside neighborhood, with the help of Capital Campaign Chair and Academy Award-winning actor Kevin Kline.
Amphibian is scheduled to close on the property, located at 108 South Main Street, on May 14, 2012. To date, Amphibian has raised $893,932 for the purchase and renovation of the building and needs to raise an additional $231,900 in order to complete the renovation. Architect and Chairman of the Amphibian Stage Productions Board of Directors, Gregory S. Ibañez, FAIA, is designing and overseeing the renovation of the new Amphibian space. He is generously donating his services for the project.
In a statement, Kevin Kline, known not only for his award-winning film work, but also for his extensive stage work and commitment to the theatre, said, "To paraphrase a noted playwright, Amphibian now has 'a stage for a kingdom, indeed, a most worthy scaffold to bring forth great objects.' This new home is a platform to expand the artistic excellence that has marked Amphibian's first thirteen years. It is the essential ingredient for arts that enrich our community-deep roots that allow generations to think, cry, and laugh at the wonder of live theatre in an intimate setting."
Mr. Kline continued, "I don't know if the Bard's Globe Theatre was a catalyst for urban regeneration in its day, but as a bonus, Amphibian's new home will also help invigorate a neighborhood that is poised to capitalize on its location on The Edge of downtown. Please join me in supporting Amphibian Stage Productions and the vital work that they do to nourish the culture of Fort Worth and North Texas."
Amphibian Stage Productions looks forward to opening the renovated space for its performances and offices in the fall of 2012.