"It was fate," said, marketing director John Berlo, of the new space the theatre occupies.
is settling comfortably into its space inside Margins Charity Thrift and Variety Mall in Snellville.
Having been previously located in a small, nondescript space with no air conditioning, New London Theatre was getting ready to close its doors when, according to Berlo, fate stepped in.
Fate was assisted by Mark Galloway-Stillions, who performed in New London Theatre's production of "Driving Miss Daisy." He purchased the old furniture store and turned it into what is now Margins Charity Thrift and Variety Mall.
Like the theater, the thrift mall is a 501(c)3 and is committed to giving back to the community.
When Galloway-Stillions and his life partner, Larry Stillions, entered the new property and took a look around, they noticed a side door off the main showroom. Right at the doorway there was a big arrow on the carpet that pointed inside. According to Berlo, Larry Stillions looked at the arrow, walked into what is now the lobby and said, "Theater!"
According to Berlo, Mark Galloway-Stillions offered New London the space, and they've been busy making it their home ever since.
New London Theatre already has one production in the new space under its belt, and the artists and volunteers at the theater are gearing up for more.
"Almost, Maine," a director showcase, will run May 11-27. For more information about New London Theatre and its productions, visit their website.
*Photos of the first production in the theater's new home are available here.