Senator Fazio Celebrates $2 Million For The Playhouse in New Canaan

December 15, 2023


Today, State Senator Ryan Fazio (R-Greenwich), along with Senate and House colleagues, announce the final approval of $2 million to The Playhouse in New Canaan by the Connecticut State Bond Commission at its December 15th meeting. Senator Fazio originally submitted the request on behalf of the town in the spring and attributes the success to the delegation’s bipartisan work.

“The approval of the $2 million comes almost three years to the day of the theatre’s closure, symbolizing a new chapter of hope and opportunity for the community,” Senator Fazio said. “Not only will the investment breathe life back into a century-old building, but it will simultaneously support local businesses, create job opportunities, support the arts, and attract visitors to New Canaan.”

“This has been a long time coming – I was a vocal proponent when then First Selectman Dick Bond led the Town effort to purchase the Playhouse theater decades ago. It is wonderful how supportive the state is of this public-private partnership committed to reviving this downtown asset and providing families and visitors with access to a culturally enriching, state-of-the-art facility,” Deputy House Minority Leader Tom O’Dea continued. “The unified effort to deliver on that promise is something that makes us all proud.”

Senator Fazio remarked, “I would like to thank the Governor and the Bond Commission for seeing the value in the much-needed renovations to The Playhouse. I appreciate the collaboration and support from my local legislative colleagues on both sides of the aisle since my submission of the request in the spring.”

“I am thrilled to have worked with our New Canaan legislative delegation to secure this $2 million grant- in-aid for renovations and improvements to the Playhouse Theater,” said Rep. Lucy Dathan. The Playhouse’s dedication and commitment to enriching the cultural landscape through their wonderful movie screenings and events are a testament to their artistic excellence and invaluable contribution to our community, bringing generations together in New Canaan.”

“The $2 million investment in this century-old landmark in our community is a valuable part of getting this important project over the finish line,” said Sen. Ceci Maher. “The funding will support needed renovations that will bring the theater back into operations as a centerpiece of the community for years to come. I’m grateful to Governor Lamont and the Bond Commission for their support.”

“The New Canaan Playhouse has been an artistic gem for 100 years,” said Rep. Keith Denning. “It’s a historic building that needs a facelift, and this vital funding will bring the Playhouse back to its full potential. The revival of this facility will also support the local economy. I am grateful for Governor Ned Lamont and the State Bond Commission for green lighting this investment into our community. Thank you to my colleagues for their bipartisan support.”

View the full agenda HERE.