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Description of Pictures: The theater already had this sign on the door:
On June 2nd, a chill water pipe that supplies water to the National Theatre air conditioning system ruptured, inundating the Helen Hayes Gallery and the Main Lobby. As we renovate these spaces, it has been necessary to relocate the National Theatre 2007 Summer Cinema Katharine Hepburn Tribute. The program has been moved to the Ronald Reagan Building, ASAE Marriott Complex."
However, when I went home this night, I saw water coming out of the entrance of the theater. I emailed them and got this reply from Donn Murphy, President and Executive Director of the theater:
Things aren't as bad as they could be, but they seem worse. After two months of renovations, a second water pipe broke and now much of the work will have to be redone. ... [Leaks] and some drips which have been ascribed to "condensation" have all been in one area of the building. Back to the drawing boards.
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Wikipedia Description: National Theatre (Washington, D.C.)
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The National Theatre is located in Washington, D.C. and is a venue for a variety of live stage productions with seating for 1,676.
This historic playhouse was founded on December 7, 1835, by William Corcoran and other prominent citizens who wanted the national capital to have a first-rate theatre. The theater's initial production was Man of the World. The theater has been in almost continuous operation since, at the same Pennsylvania Avenue location a few blocks from the White House. It's name was changed at times to "Grover's National Theatre, "and Grover's Theatre," as management changed. Famed actor Joseph Jefferson managed the theatre at one time. The structure has been rebuilt several times, including partial reconstructions after five fires in the 19th century. The current building was constructed in 1920.
Located three blocks from The White House, the theatre has entertained every man who has been U.S. President since Andrew Jackson.
Like many theaters in the U.S. prior to the civil rights movement, the National Theatre was racially segregated. Black actors were allowed to appear, but African Americans were forbidden to attend performances. During the Washington run of Porgy and Bess in 1936, the cast—as led by Todd Duncan—protested the audience's segregation. Duncan stated that he "would never play in a theater which barred him from purchasing tickets to certain seats because of his race." Eventually management would give into the demands and allow for the first integrated performance at National Theatre. A movement to integrate the playhouse was spearheaded by actor Helen Hayes, educator Gilbert V. Hartke, O.P., Washington art impresario Patrick Hayes, and Washington Post theatre critic Richard L. Coe. When that effort failed, they persuaded Actors Equity performers to refuse to play at the theatre. Rather than desegregating, the New York management discontinu ...More...
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2007 photos: Equipment this year: I used the Fuji S9000 almost exclusively except for the period when it broke and I had to send it back for repairs. In August, I bought a Canon Rebel Xti, my first digital SLR (vs regular digital) which I tried as well but I wasn't that excited by it.
Trips this year: Two weeks down south (including Graceland, Shiloh, VIcksburg, and New Orleans), a week at a time share in Costa Rica over my 50th birthday, a week off for a family reunion in the Wisconsin Dells (with sidetrips to Dayton, Springfield, and Madison), a week in San Diego for the Comic-Con with a side trip to Michigan for two family reunions, a drive up to Niagara Falls, a couple of weekend jaunts including the Civil War Preservation Trust Grand Review in Vicksburg, and a December journey to three state capitols (Richmond, Raleigh, and Columbia). I saw sites in 18 states and 3 other countries this year -- the first year I'd been to more than two other countries since we lived in Venezuela when I was a little toddler.
Ego strokes: A photo that I took at the National Archives was used as the author photo on the book jacket for David A. Nichols' "A Matter of Justice: Eisenhower and the Beginning of the Civil Rights Revolution." I became a volunteer photographer at both Sixth and I Historic Synagogue and the Civil War Preservation Trust (later renamed "Civil War Trust")..
Number of photos taken this year: 225,000.
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