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

Future Condo Residents of 265 East Houston are ‘Enviously Placed to Enjoy it All’

The ten-story condo development at 265 East Houston has been complete for months. In fact, there really hasn’t been much movement here since the teaser banner was unfurled back in October. All that changes now. The “floor through” apartments are now on the market. As previoiusly reported, there are six full-floor apartments and a duplex […]

Woman Severely Beaten on Stanton Street Near Sara D. Roosevelt Park this Past Saturday

You may have heard about the assault that transpired early Saturday morning at Stanton and Forsyth Streets. Near the Stanton Storehouse in Sara D. Roosevelt Park. At roughly 6am, a woman in her fifties was beaten unconcious by a 24-year-old man named Devin Brown, who allegedly punched her repeatedly in the face and body. She […]

Amsterdam’s ‘GRIMM Gallery’ Debuts Next Week on the Bowery

The mid-section of the Bowery, long a bastion for restaurant supply businesses, is awash in art galleries. The latter comes at the expense of the former. Between Delancey/Kenmare and East Houston Street there are nearly a dozen such showrooms, including dedicated buildings like Sperone Westwater and the New Museum. But it’s not all roses, as […]

Vacant Essex Street Lot Reborn as ‘Temporary’ Garden Space

In a rather uncharacteristic turn of events, the property owner of 5 Essex Street is converting the long-dormant lot into green space. Over the last several days, workers were spotted marking off a rectangular parcel of land and adding a bed of gravel. A new plywood fence was also installed. Site intel reveals that a […]

Clayton’s Corner: Rivington’s Falafel Guys Fighting City to Survive

I understand many people believe New York City is a nicer, safer place now that international corporate capitalism has homogenized, standardized, and washed away so much of what made it edgy. They applaud such sentiments on the Lower East Side, where drugs and crime have largely been eliminated from public view. I am not one […]