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McCarter Theatre and University hold topping-off ceremony for new theater

A topping-off ceremony was held on Monday, May 6, at the construction site of the $14.1 million Roger S. Berlind Theatre, which is being built adjacent to the McCarter Theatre. The new structure, slated to open in spring 2003, will serve both McCarter and Princeton University.

"Topping off of a building not only celebrates the completion of the steel structure but also recognizes the accomplishments of the construction workers," explained Emily Mann, the theater's artistic director. "This topping-off symbolizes another milestone in the unprecedented partnership between McCarter and Princeton University's Program in Theater and Dance. I am happy to report that due to the mild winter weather and a great crew of trades workers, the construction of the Berlind Theatre is right on schedule."

The Berlind Theatre will include a 350 seat proscenium theater, two rehearsal halls, classrooms, offices and other support areas. The facility will function as a second stage for McCarter Theatre and as the principal performance venue for the University's Program in Theater and Dance .

McCarter and the University are jointly raising funds for the project; overseeing the design, planning and construction of the building; and will schedule the activities in the new theater, which will be shared equally. Major support comes from theater producer and 1954 Princeton alumnus Roger S. Berlind, for whom the building will be named. Groundbreaking was held in September.

The architect is Hugh Hardy '54, founder and partner of Hardy Holzman Pfeiffer Associates, a planning, architectural and interior design firm with offices in New York and Los Angeles. Hardy specializes in complex building types, primarily for public use, including the renovations of the New Victory Theater, the Joyce Theater, the New Amsterdam Theater and the Cooper-Hewitt Museum. The Berlind Theatre represents Hardy's first architectural project on the Princeton campus.

Contact: Marilyn Marks (609) 258-3601

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