The Body Politic Theatre almost was wrestled to the ground on a couple of occasions, but its backers refused to cry ''uncle.'' Even managing director Sharon Phillips admits that it was touch and go at times, but the theater never gave up.
This Thursday, the Body Politic celebrates its 15th anniversary with the opening of ''Madwoman of Chaillot,'' and a celebration is deserved--just for surviving.
The theater building nearly was demolished twice. Shortly after the old Monte Carlo bowling alley was purchased and named the Body Politic, the city announced plans to tear down the entire 200 block of North Lincoln Avenue. After a long battle with City Hall, the theater people convinced the city to change its mind.
Then, in 1973, an electrical fire nearly destroyed the building. It took almost a year to rebuild. But performances in the small studio space never stopped.
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