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Masquers Playhouse, Point Richmond, California

Masquers Playhouse

We're very pleased to be working with the Masquers Playhouse to provide critical seismic and ADA accessibility upgrades. Please read our press release below and consider making a tax deductible donation to the Masquers to help them reach their fundraising goals.

NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MASQUERS PLAYHOUSE MOVES FORWARD WITH PLANS TO REOPEN IN 2017

Retains Interactive Resources to Design Critical Seismic and ADA Accessibility Upgrades

Richmond, CA, September 26, 2016—The Masquers Playhouse is making progress towards its goal of reopening for its 2017 season, retaining noted architectural and engineering firm Interactive Resources to provide critical seismic and ADA accessibility upgrades. The historic theater in Point Richmond closed in March 2016 following the discovery of major damage to the playhouse’s primary interior support structure. For the first time since its founding in 1955, all productions for the remainder of the season were cancelled.

Masquers Board President David Cole comments, "We’re an all-volunteer community theater that operates on a small budget. So, we needed help from a firm that could give us an appropriate scale fix at a reasonable price. Interactive Resources and its professionals understood what we were after, listened to our wishes, and worked within our budget. With their design in hand, we can now confidently go out to the community and solicit donations to get the theater reopened on schedule."

The seismic upgrade will include reinforcing the front of the building and ceiling joists, and anchoring the perimeter walls. The work will also include ADA accessibility upgrades to bring the front entry and restrooms into compliance. The original structure was built prior to 1907.

“We are excited to get to work with this beloved theater and to help reopen its doors,” said Andrew Butt, AIA, LEED AP and Principal at Interactive Resources. “Our expertise in both structural and historic projects, as well as our close community ties to the Masquers Playhouse, makes this partnership a natural and gratifying fit.” Interactive Resources has a long track-record of preservation projects in the Bay Area broadly and in Richmond in particular, including the Hotel Mac, The Bank of Richmond, Mechanics Bank Trainmasters Building, East Brothers Lighthouse, and many more.

About Masquers Playhouse
The Masquers was established in 1955 to produce affordable plays and educational programs for the entertainment and cultural enhancement of the greater Bay Area. For its entire history, the group has been staffed and run completely on a volunteer basis.
In 1959, the Masquers moved into the Village Playhouse at 105 Park Place in Point Richmond, and in 1961, the theater was officially renamed Masquers Playhouse. In the ensuing 57 years, Masquers has tackled nearly 400 productions, large and tiny, musical and nonmusical, dramatic and light. The group has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, and has garnered accolades and awards for the quality of its work and for the longevity of the organization.
As Masquers mounts its rebuilding effort, tax-deductible donations are welcomed, and benefactors are encouraged to email rebuild@masquers.org or call (510) 232-3888. For more information, please visit www.masquers.org.

About Interactive Resources
Founded in 1973, Interactive Resources is a multi-disciplined architectural and engineering firm committed to the design of high-quality, state-of-the-art and sustainable developments. The firm provides architectural design, structural engineering, and historical preservation services to a wide range of clients, including educational, federal, municipal, private sector, winery, solar and multi-family residential sectors. Offering design, contract documents, and construction administration for both new facilities and rehabilitations, the firm has extensive experience in: roof repair and design; façade evaluation and repair of building envelope and exterior wall systems; waterproofing and weatherization; energy-efficient and sustainable design; mechanical system upgrades; seismic upgrades; historic rehabilitations; and accessibility upgrades. For more information please visit www.intres.com.

Contact:
David Cole, Board President
Masquers Playhouse
105 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
V: 510.236.1475 | F: 866.552.7329
Email: rebuild@masquers.org | www.masquers.org

Andrew Butt, AIA LEED AP BD+C
Interactive Resources
117 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7520 | F: 510.232.5325
Email: andrew.butt@intres.com | www.intres.com

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Christina Zirker, Administrative Assistant
Interactive Resources
117 Park Place | Richmond, California 94801
O: 510.236.7435 | D: 510.231.7501 | F: 510.232.5325
Email: christina.zirker@intres.com | www.intres.com