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Theater District Open House Returns After Harvey Rain-Out

Perryn Leech, from the Houston Grand Opera, and Dean Gladden, of the Alley Theatre, discuss what it means for Houston’s Theater District to return after Harvey

A free Performance at the Alley Theatre during the 2016 Theater District Open House.

Last year, just days before the annual Trans Canada Theater District Open House, organizers made the call to pre-emptively cancel the event as Hurricane Harvey loomed just off the Texas coast.

When the rains came, the decision was soundly validated as floodwaters breeched multiple venues, including the Wortham Center and Alley Theatre, resulting in millions of dollars of damages.

Harvey Damage at the Alley Theatre
An inside look at damages from Harvey at the Alley Theatre on Sept. 5, 2017.

Over the course of the next year, extensive repairs were conducted in both locations, with the Wortham entirely out of commission.

But now, as the Theater District Open House returns for its 25th year, both venues will be to the public.

Wortham Center Flood Damage
Ventilation removes moisture from the Wortham Theater Center, which flooded during Hurricane Harvey. The venue is home to numerous performing arts groups, such as the Houston Ballet.

Ahead of the event, Perryn Leech from the Houston Grand Opera and Dean Gladden of the Alley Theatre talk about the final repairs and what it means for the district to come back one year after Harvey.

Alley Theater's Dean Gladden and Houston Grand Opera's Perryn Leech
The Alley Theatre’s Dean Gladden and Houston Grand Opera’s Perryn Leech.

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