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New space, artistic director for Oracle Productions

Written by
Kris Vire

Oracle Productions has named Vanessa Stalling its new artistic director, the company announced this morning. What’s more, Oracle officially announced its relocation from its longtime storefront home at 3809 N Broadway in Lakeview to North Center. The company has been completing a new buildout on the building at 1802 W Berenice most recently occupied by Signal Ensemble Theatre (and by Breadline Theatre before that).

Oracle, which has offered free admission to all its shows since 2010 under a plan it calls Public Access Theatre, will have increased capacity at the new space, with a 99-seat mainstage (up from 44 at the previous space), a second cabaret-style space that can seat up to 45, and a more accommodating, 800-square-foot lobby.

Oracle’s storefront on Broadway will be spared the wrecking ball that’s taking out the longtime homes of Strawdog Theatre Company and Mary-Arrchie Theatre Co. on the same block, but the company says it’s being temporarily taken over to serve as a construction office for the new development up the block. It's the final blow to the block’s long standing as a storefront theater hub.

The new building will open in August with the premiere of Kristiana Rae Colón’s good friday. Stalling will choose a final production for 2016, with a complete 2017 slate to come.

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