CARMEL, CA – At a special reception to toast the unveiling of the Golden Bough Theatre’s new, named lobby tiles on Wednesday evening, October 10, founder and executive director Stephen Moorer surprised everyone with the announcement that philanthropist Bertie Bialek Elliott has made a transformational gift to Pacific Repertory Theatre (PacRep) of $2.29 million in support of the final phase of PacRep’s Capital Campaign to reinvent the classic Golden Bough Playhouse, located on Monte Verde Street between 8th and 9th Avenues, in Carmel-by-the-Sea, Ca.
The overall cost of this second, and final phase, is $2.7 million. With $200,000 already secured for the project from other major donors, the balance of $200,000 left to be raised insures that PacRep will complete its remodel of the Golden Bough Theatre “from the street to the stage” well ahead of schedule. Major work will create a more enjoyable experience for audiences and actors alike.
Ms. Bialek, who was on hand for the announcement, has been highly supportive of PacRep in the past, and helped kick off Phase I of the Capital Campaign in 2008 with a gift of $500,000. While Phase I of the Campaign focused on the 99-seat Circle Theatre, located in the rear of the Playhouse, it also covered revolving stages in the 300-seat Golden Bough Theatre, and infrastructure needs such as earthquake and electrical safety.
In residence at the historic Golden Bough Playhouse, Carmel-by-the-Sea, California
Honorary Campaign Chair Barbara Babcock, the Emmy-Award winning actress whose 46-year career includes television, film and stage – including performances on the Golden Bough stage with Stephen Moorer in Elephant Man – recounted her own, and her mother’s experiences acting at the Golden Bough, and the importance of protecting this community resource for years to come.
For more information on the campaign, or a tour of the facility, please contact PacRep’s Director of Philanthropy Jim Bennett at 831-622-0700.