The Living Theatre is Departing Clinton Street on February 23

Posted on: January 16th, 2013 at 6:09 am by

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Word just came down the pike that the final curtain for the Living Theatre in its current location is imminent. That’s right. Despite some last-ditch community crowdfunding efforts, the experimental group can no longer sustain itself at 21 Clinton Street. It will close on February 23, after the last performance of current production, “Here We Are.”

We are told that the Lucky Ant campaign that transpired over the summer was successful in the sense that it bought some extra time for the teetering troupe. The $24,600 helped settle some debts and enabled the hiring of business consultants to develop a five-year plan. The Living Theatre is reportedly “leaving on good terms” with the landlord after six years at this address, which accounts for the longest running tenure of any previous location.

Worry not, though. This is nothing new for the nomadic arts organization, which has bounced around Manhattan like a pinball since its founding in 1947.  Nevertheless, the Living Theatre is still scouting for a new home.

We’ll leave you with this excerpt from their website, quite apropos in light of this news:

The difficulty of operating a unique, experimental enterprise within a cultural establishment ill-equipped to accept it led to the closing by the authorities of all The Living Theatre’s New York venues: the Cherry Lane Theater (closed by the Fire Department in 1953), The Living Theatre Studio on Broadway at 100th Street (closed by the Buildings Department in 1956), The Living Theatre on 14th Street (closed by the I.R.S. in 1963) and The Living Theatre on Third Street (closed by the Buildings Department in 1993).

And the woes of Clinton Street continue…

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