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Boston – The Boston University College of Fine Arts is pleased to announce the dedication of the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210 Theatre at the Boston University Theatre. The official opening will be celebrated on March 1 at the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre performance of Leslie Epstein’s King of the Jews, with Stewart Lane and Bonnie Comley in attendance.
Studio 210 is located on the second floor of the Boston University Theatre at 264 Huntington Avenue, Boston. This black box theatre is used for theatre and opera productions by the BU School of Theatre such as the annual Fall Fringe Festival, and occasionally for theatre productions by the Huntington Theatre Company, the professional theatre company in residence at the BU Theatre. Stewart Lane (CFA ’73) and Bonnie Comley have committed $200,000 to enhance Studio 210 and its surrounding spaces. Their generous pledge was matched by a $100,000 challenge grant from the Leventhal Fund, which is sponsored by Alan M. Leventhal, Chairman of the Boston University Board of Trustees. Renovations that have already been completed as a result of this donation include improvements to the lighting design lab, new equipment and overall refurbishment to the light and sound control booth, and partial expansions of the performance area. Additional renovations planned for the theatre include a new floor in the performance area, new seating platforms for the audience, improvements to dressing rooms, and cosmetic enhancements to the lobby of the theatre.
Stewart Lane has enjoyed a successful career as a producer, director, and playwright. He won a Tony award as producer of La Cage Aux Folles in 1984, The Will Rogers Follies in 1991, and Thoroughly Modern Millie in 2002. Lane has also written for the stage, including In the Wings and If It Were Easy, which starred his wife and business partner, Bonnie Comley. Lane and Comley are currently producing Princesses, The Musical. He co-owns the Palace Theater and, with Robert De Niro, the Tribeca Grill.
Boston Playwrights’ Theatre’s production King of the Jews runs at the Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley Studio 210 Theatre through March 10. Written by Leslie Epstein, Director of BU’s Creative Writing Program, King of the Jews is based on Epstein’s 1979 novel that examines the plight of a Polish Judenrat and its leader, who must decide which of the Jews they govern are to live and which are to die. For more information or to purchase tickets to King of the Jews, please visit www.BostonPlaywrights.org.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts School of Theatre, founded in 1954, is one of the country’s leading institutions for the study of acting, stage management, design and production, and all aspects of the theatrical profession. Since 1982, the School of Theatre has enjoyed an educational and artistic collaboration with the Huntington Theatre Company, the professional theatre in residence at Boston University. Other professional theatre affiliations include Boston Playwrights’ Theatre, Actors’ Shakespeare Project, Guthrie Theater, Olney Theatre Center, Pendragon Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Notable School of Theatre alumni include Jason Alexander, Michael Chiklis, Geena Davis, Faye Dunaway, Julianne Moore, Brad Oscar, Wynn Thomas, and Alfre Woodard.
The Boston University College of Fine Arts was created in 1954 to bring together the School of Music, the School of Theatre, and the School of Visual Arts. The University’s vision was to create a community of artists in a conservatory-style school offering professional training in the arts to both undergraduate and graduate students, complemented by a liberal arts curriculum for undergraduate students. Since those early days, education at the College of Fine Arts has begun on the BU campus and extended into the city of Boston, a rich center of cultural, artistic and intellectual activity.