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$30,000 grant from city of Marietta aids Theatre in the Square

The saga of Theatre in the Square’s struggle to stay alive has yet another act.

On Wednesday, the Marietta City Council voted unanimously to grant the theater $30,000 to help it survive in its current location downtown. The theater had set a goal of raising $60,000 by the end of this week in order to keep operating.

The grant, which will be combined with $32,000 in donations raised since February, will go toward payroll, licensing plays, ticketing service fees and other critical bills, said Palmer Wells, theater founder and artistic director.

The $32,000 in donations came in part from a $10,000 foundation grant as well as donations from theater board members. Wells said the city’s $30,000 grant came from a surplus in car rental tax proceeds.

“We’re very encouraged by this,” Wells said. “It’s going to help us a great deal.”

The theater is an important anchor of Marietta’s downtown and is a regional attraction for metro Atlanta. The venue was also able to negotiate with its landlord a reduction in rent from $10,778 per month, to $7,000, Wells said.

Yet the theater, now in its 30th season, is not out of the woods. It still has a goal of raising another $400,000 by the end of June to help retire all of its debt. An emergency fundraising drive last year yielded $375,000.

The full theater board will meet on Friday to discuss what changes it must make in its operations if it wants to open a 31st season. ROSALIND BENTLEY

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