What began more than a couple of decades ago as a small, cutting-edge theater located in a downtown basement underneath a Chinese food place has grown into one of the city’s most vibrant and popular performance venues. The values of Stages are fundamental: to have courage to approach art boldly, to be generous in sharing resources, expertise, and artistry, to have ingenuity and foster invention in the theatre arts, and to be intimate by building personal connections between the audience and the art. Stages pulls these crucial goals together by presenting new pieces almost always in a provocative and experimental manner. Working with groups like Catastrophic Theatre, this approach has helped Stages grow a devoted audience that keeps coming back for that karmic connection that they feel to the performances. And Stages now has a great space right off of Allen Parkway - no dank basement here.