|2000: DW Moves "House"|
The year 2000 found the company scrambling for performance space while the Board decided whether to attempt to stay at the Coombs street or relocate. Options at the time included the River School in the same Tannery Complex, the grocery store at the corner of Old Sonoma Road and Jefferson Street, and the old Marlowe's in the River Park Shopping Center. In the meantime, the theatre performed Blame it on the Movies at the Uptown Cinema, and Nuts and I Hate Hamlet at the Vintage High School Theatre. Due to the lack of any theatre space, YAT was only able to perform Little Women offsite, and then ended their collaboration with Dreamweavers.
In late spring, the theatre received a commitment from the landlords of the River Park Shopping to offer the space of what once was Marlowe's Nightclub (and prior to that a two theatre cinema complex). The Board had to obtain a use permit from the City of Napa, converting the use of the space from a nightclub back to a theatre (a process that took a number of months), and had to negotiate a lease with the landlord. In September 2000, with lease and use permit in hand, the company bid the Coombs Street location a fond farewell, packed up truckloads of props, chairs, flats, costumes, etc., and moved it all to the new location in River Park. Plans to create the new theatre space were set in motion. This included construction of interior walls, the stage and tech booth; an exterior ramp; interior painting; and construction and painting of the upstairs offices and green room. During all this time, the company raised almost $40,000 in donations from loyal patrons which, thanks to donated labor and discounted professional work, made the $60,000 construction and installation possible.
In October/November, the first show was performed in the new theatre (in the space that would later become known as the "Black Box") called Three Viewings. However, there was no time for Dreamweavers to rest on its laurels – Dracula was set to open the 2001 season in January, and the main stage was still not ready. It had to be completed, risers for seats had to be constructed, the wall between the main stage area and the Black Box had to be torn down, and lots of painting still had to be done. With a great deal of help from numerous volunteers, it was all accomplished literally the day before opening night!