Living Theatre on Clinton Street Struggles Against Eviction

Posted on: May 9th, 2012 at 6:09 am by

For the last couple weeks, crowdfunding site Lucky Ant has been doing its part to help save a Lower East Side institution. The Living Theatre at 21 Clinton Street. Eviction is hanging above their collective head, and the theater is turning to the community for aid. With five days remaining in the campaign, reaching the $24,000 goal is looking rather grim. So far, the arts landmark scraped together a third of what’s needed. Online efforts are jumping to the real world as well, where dozens of flyers were taped to street furniture within earshot of the facility.

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According to the Lucky Ant page:

With this money The Living Theatre will be able to pay its rent, bring in a consultant to develop a 5-year strategic plan, and turn itself into a financially sustainable arts organization. Bravo.

The Living Theatre was founded in 1947 by the legendary duo Judith Malina and Julian Beck, and has since staged hundreds of productions in New York and abroad. It is reportedly the oldest experimental theater group still in existence in the US.

21 Clinton Street became their official home in early 2007, their first brick-and-mortar performance space since operating on East Third Street back in 1993.

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