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Globe Theater gets $20 million

The Old Globe Theatre gathered together its biggest supporters and high-profile patrons for a major announcement. KPBS theater critic Pat Launer has the story.

High drama in Balboa Park. The Tony Award-winning Old Globe Theatre just received the largest gift in its 70 year history.

Philanthropists Donald and Darlene Shiley contributed $20 million to the Globe's latest fundraising campaign, which they're calling "Securing a San Diego Landmark." The Globe plans to raise $75 million by its 75th anniversary, to expand their endowment, create a new education center and rebuild their second stage.

The Shiley donation is earmarked for artistic endeavors, and ensures that the Old Globe Theatre will always be called the Old Globe.

Pat Launer, KPBS News.

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