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City Theater Company (CTC), is pleased to announce its new partnership with The Delaware Contemporary (TDC). Through this exciting partnership, The Delaware Contemporary joins forces with Delaware’s Off-Broadway experience to become the new home for CTC’s mainstage productions and Fearless Improv performances. Using a coronavirus relief grant, the Wings Auditorium will be unveiled as the museum’s new Black Box performance space, refurbished with upgraded lighting and audio capabilities installed by Electro Sound Systems. The new space will be available to all arts and culture organizations for use in performances and events. Both CTC and TDC look forward to this partnership as an opportunity to collaborate on programming, events, art experiences, and more.
“The values and vision of The Delaware Contemporary are very much in line with those of City Theater Company, and we are thrilled to be partnering with this iconic institution in 2021 and beyond,” says CTC Artistic Director Kerry Kristine McElrone. “Our approach to theater and improv considers the art form of live performance to be a creative collaboration between players, directors, designers, writers, and the audience. Everyone involved in bringing a CTC piece to fully realized life on stage is an individual artist, each working in mediums that come together to engage our patrons in an exciting exchange of ideas, images, and energies.”
The company, who has been entertaining audiences virtually during the pandemic with online content (including music videos and new play readings), is eager to get back to live performance starting with the musical Once in December 2021. The 2012 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical is based on the 2007 Irish musical film and features actors playing their own instruments onstage.
“CTC’s mission is to create a body of work that takes risks and breaks barriers—just as TDC’s is to take risks and push boundaries. We are both invested in promoting the work of local and emerging artists, advancing opportunity and growth by and for the community, and welcoming all those looking to experience art.
“We are excited to bring the communal, immediate, accessible experience of art in live action to The Delaware Contemporary’s patrons, and to introduce City Theater Company’s audiences to all that they have to offer. We look forward to continuing to transform the landscape of artistic expression for Wilmington and the region in our new home.”
“We are beyond excited to unite the performance and visual art experience at The Delaware Contemporary,” says Tatiana Michels, Director of Business Advancement. “Our mission is rooted in providing compelling experiences and offering stimulating ways to engage more people in the transformative power of art. This partnership is such a natural fit for our organization and we are thrilled to house City Theater Company’s mainstage productions and Fearless Improv performances, and to see what new joint adventures we can embark on together. We can’t wait to unveil our new Black Box performance space and look forward to seeing new audiences at our museum.”