Charlottesville Theater Company Scrambling to Find New Home
A Charlottesville nonprofit theater facing eviction is scrambling to find a new home. Now, the actors and directors are turning to the community they've served for seven years for help.
Members of the Play On Theater Company call the nonprofit their home. But now the future of the company is up in the air.
Play On Theater has given actors like Davis a place to shine on stage.
"It is community theater in its truest form. I've seen so many people just walk in right off the street and have a home and a family and a place where they're able to perform and build and just have fun," he said.
But this nonprofit is in danger. Rent is going up at the IX Building in Charlottesville and Play On can't afford it. Now, the theater group is in the midst of an emergency fundraising campaign.
"We need to raise $20,000 in order to disassemble this theater and move it into a new place and reassemble it there," said Alex Citron, the executive director.
Play On is eyeing three or four prospects for a new theater, but may have to downsize to afford a new location.
"If we can't raise the money we're going to have no choice but to close our doors," Citron said.
Davis says closing the theater would limit the number of opportunities for actors in Charlottesville.
"Most of us grow up with only having the opportunity to perform in high schools and maybe a couple of small local theaters and if you remove one of those small local theaters a lot of people aren't going to get that chance," he said.
The loss of Play On would also mean a loss of low-cost entertainment for the community, and a hub for people with a passion for the arts.
"This is a home, this is a family. It's not just a building it's a community," Davis said.
Play On has already raised about $7,000. The executive director says every little bit helps - they've had donations as small as $5 and as large as $1,000. Click here if you would like to donate to the relocation fund.