“Harvey’s waters may have receded from downtown, but we now know the Theater District will need many more months to rebuild,” writes Tarra Gaines in Tuesday’s (9/19) Houston Culture Map. “Houston First, the corporation that manages the Wortham Center, Jones Hall and the Theater District parking, announced late Monday that the Wortham Center will be closed for repairs at least until May 15, 2018 ‘in a best-case scenario.’ Twelve feet of water flooded the basement of the Wortham on August 27.” The Wortham Center is home to Houston Grand Opera and Houston Ballet. Although Jones Hall, home to the Houston Symphony, “suffered considerably less damage than the Wortham and the building has now been cleared for occupancy, accessible restrooms … must be reconstructed before public performances can resume…. On September 27 at Miller Outdoor Theatre, [the theater district’s] organizations will present Houston Strong: A Theater District Benefit Honoring Local Heroes … with performances from … Alley Theatre, Da Camera of Houston, Houston Ballet, Houston Grand Opera, Houston Symphony, Society for the Performing Arts and Theatre Under The Stars.” As previously announced, concerts by the Houston Symphony through October 1 have been relocated to Rice University’s Stude Hall.
Posted September 20, 2017
Pictured: Houston’s Wortham Center will remain closed for repairs until May 2018