The Living Theatre is Departing Clinton Street on February 23

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

living-theatre-appeal

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…

Recent Stories

Harper's 1898, Collection of Maggie Land Blanck
Revisiting the Iconic (and Photogenic) Tenement Fire Escapes

Ah, the iconic New York City fire escape. Sitting out on your “escape” really is just that. The breeze. The city below your feet. The views. The sounds. The smell (to each their own). Fire escapes have always been crucial to New Yorkers for a variety of reasons, least of which, surprisingly, was escaping fire. […]

Forgtmenot family is opening a new Greek spot a few doors down
Forgtmenot Family is Opening a Traditional Greek Restaurant on Division Street Called Kiki’s

For the moment, it remains the epicenter of cool. The eastern terminus of Division Street continues its hot streak, yet will see more change in the next few months. We have it on good authority that the Chinese supply business at number 130 – Zhen Ling Tan Taoist – is to become a new restaurant. […]

pike-street-benches
Seatless Benches Along Allen Street Mall are Missing Slats Due to Manufacturer Defect

When the city revamped the Allen Street Mall a couple years ago, residents welcomed the spiffy new street furniture. Late-night conversation sessions or mahjong games are a common sight around here. Not to mention homeless pitching camp for cookouts. However, the equipment is proving fairly cheap and unreliable. Those curvy benches in the medians are […]

abcnorio-mural
ABC No Rio Commissions New Mural by Dasic Fernandez

Continuing the apparent bi-annual painting schedule, ABC No Rio this week replaced the two-year-old “hands” mural thrown up by Brian George in 2012. Its successor is more colorful and exudes somewhat of a political tone. For its latest piece, the beloved Rivington Street art collective commissioned the services of Dasic Fernandez to decorate its exterior […]

40clinton-street
Blue Bayer Design Studio Opening an Eclectic Jewelry Boutique on Clinton Street

Ever since the departure (and subsequent relocation) of Vector Gallery back in July, the south store of 40 Clinton Street has been a vacancy. The wait is over. Blue Bayer, a New York-based craftsman, is opening his jewelry boutique here in the coming days. It’s called Blue Bayer Design, and specializes in eclectic, “risky jewelry and […]