If I had any money (I don’t), I’d create a simple venue that could accommodate local theatre productions. Nothing fancy. A black box theatre (created from an old, small warehouse or garage or something) with a simple lighting grid, small backstage area, bathrooms and the bare minimum for sound. I’d make sure the place was clean but not fancy. And I’d rent it to people like me who don’t want to put on a show where roaches stalk the audience or go broke renting one of the more “fancy” places. As far as I can tell, no such place exists in Houston. So I’m having a helluva time finding a place to do my show. You wouldn’t think it would be this hard, but it is. Houston is not a theatre town – this comes as no surprise – but I’m amazed at the shitty selection of places in my price range. Those that are a bit out of my price range are booked for the rest of the year.
So, no, the date isn’t set yet. I finally hired a “production manager” to take over finding a space for me (in the next week or two) that has an open group of days before the end of the year (and not during any of the “holiday” weeks). If he can’t make it happen, I’m going to see about getting my grant extended through the end of January because I have the ability to rent a COOL space that has probably never had a theatre production in it. Yet it satisfies my needs (and then some). And it would be really cool to have it there. Really cool. So we’ll see.
Anyway, if you have any money burning a hole in your pocket, I suggest you create this space. You could easily bank about $1,000/wk or $250/day (or even more, but part of the reason this space would do well would be its affordability). Just make sure people pay you the rental fee in advance.
Oh, and if you could make this happen before the end of the year, that would really help me out.