Zach Theatre

Endowing the balcony scene

Zach Theatre

"My bounty is as boundless as the sea,

My love as deep; the more I give to thee,

The more I have, for both are infinite."

So says Juliet to Romeo from her balcony, and her words might be applied fittingly to Zach Theatre's fundraising effort for its own "Juliet" balcony. The second-story perch affixed to the exterior of the Topfer Theatre and designed by Andersson-Wise Architects will serve as not only a site for lovers of theatre to savor the view of this 26,000-square-foot glass-curtained playhouse but also as a site for performances. Artistic Director Dave Steakley is commissioning a series of original "balcony plays," five to 30 minutes long, from artists such as Suzan-Lori Parks and Allen Robertson to be presented specifically on that spot. Zach board member Deanna Serra and her husband, Jeff, president and CEO of Vida Capital Inc., have pledged a lead gift of $500,000 for the balcony, but they've set it up as a challenge grant, meaning the community must kick in a matching amount. Now, as Juliet said: The more you give, the more you have – your gift draws on more of the Serras', doubling itself. You'll have that architectural embellishment and all the new plays to be performed on it. "If thou dost love," directs our passionate lass of Verona, "pronounce it faithfully!" For more information, visit www.zachtheatre.org.

A note to readers: Bold and uncensored, The Austin Chronicle has been Austin’s independent news source for almost 40 years, expressing the community’s political and environmental concerns and supporting its active cultural scene. Now more than ever, we need your support to continue supplying Austin with independent, free press. If real news is important to you, please consider making a donation of $5, $10 or whatever you can afford, to help keep our journalism on stands.

Support the Chronicle  

READ MORE
More Zach Theatre
A Year Later, the Time Is Right for Another Conversation About <i>Notes From the Field</i>
A Year Later, the Time Is Right for Another Conversation About Notes From the Field
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder, Zach Theatre streamed its staging of the 2019 production and led a discussion on Zoom

Robert Faires, June 19, 2020

Zach Theatre's <i>Every Brilliant Thing</i>
Every Brilliant Thing
This production of Duncan Macmillan's solo show gives audiences a reason to live – make that a million reasons

Robert Faires, Feb. 14, 2020

More by Robert Faires
“Altered Allusions: New Works by Nate Szarmach” at Davis Gallery
“Altered Allusions: New Works by Nate Szarmach” at Davis Gallery
In these paintings of Christian figures, the lack of focus is the focus

April 16, 2021

Valoneecia Tolbert Geeks Out in <i>Tales of a Blerd Ballerina</i>
Valoneecia Tolbert Geeks Out in Tales of a Blerd Ballerina
The actress looks back at what it was to be young, geeky, and Black

April 9, 2021

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

Zach Theatre, Topfer Theatre, Andersson-Wise Architects, Dave Steakley, Suzan-Lori Parks, Allen Robertson, Deanna Serra, Jeff Serra

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
One click gets you all the newsletters listed below

Breaking news, arts coverage, and daily events

Can't keep up with happenings around town? We can help.

Austin's queerest news and events

New recipes and food news delivered Mondays

Eric Goodman's Austin FC column, other soccer news

Information is power. Support the free press, so we can support Austin.   Support the Chronicle