Slipper Room Announces Last Day and Closing Party

Posted on: June 8th, 2010 at 6:12 am by

Wednesday, June 16, is officially the last day of the Slipper Room as we now know it.  The burlesque nightspot at 167 Orchard street will be hosting a special “closing night party” to kick off an extended period of demolition and construction.

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Indeed, a serious plywood sidewalk shed now encases the building scaffolding, which has been up for months.  The plan is to create a new two-story theater with sixteen-foot ceilings and a mezzanine.  During renovations, performances and parties will be farmed out to other local establishments. Artistic Director James Habacker says that the current structure will be knocked down, even though DOB permits don’t show this.  He wrote the following letter on the Slipper Room website:

It’s official, our closing night party will be Wednesday June 16!  This means that there’s only two weeks left in our current location, before we knock it down to a hole in the ground and build a whole new theatre right on the same corner we’ve occupied for the last eleven years.  If you haven’t been to the Slipper Room, nows your chance.  If you’ve enjoyed it over the years, come catch a few more shows before the place slides into legend.

I’m going to be sending out a separate invite, but please mark your calendars for Friday June 11, The Slipper Room will be presenting our one show at Coney Island USA down on the boardwalk.  The Cruel Tale of the Medicine Man is a must see!

As mentioned, The Slipper Room will be doing several weekly parties in exile while the build-out of the new space is completed.  We are proud to announce a monthly Friday party at The Players, a storied private club on Grammercy park, that was designed by Stanford White, and was the playhouse of such old time New York legends as Edwin Booth, Mark Twain, Tesla, and General Sherman.  Dripping with bohemian elegance, this is the perfect location for the Slipper Room in exile.  We are also finalizing details for a regular show at Webster Hall, and expect to continue our Wednesday show at a location on the Lower East Side to be announced, so keep a look out for more information in the weeks to follow.  We may be going into exile for a while but The Slipper Room is here to stay.  We’ll be back on Orchard Street before you know it, in an amazing new theatre.  Thanks for all your support and love.

James Habacker
Artistic Director
The Slipper Room

[via Gothamist]

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