More OOB Performance Spaces are in Trouble 

Shay Gines 
10/20/2008 


In September the theatre companies that currently inhabit the Federal Archive Building at 154 Christopher Street were informed that their rents would be raised by as much at 500%.
 
The ousting of these theatres is only the most recent in a very distressing trend that is literally pushing theatre artists out of New York City.
 
The rate of the erosion of our stages is alarming. Over the last 5 years, 25% of the Off-Off-Broadway theatres in the midtown area have been torn down or repurposed into non-performance spaces We have watched a slow but steady decline in the number of productions that are taking place in the "theatre district."
 
Even more disturbing is the fact that of the 30 Off-Off-Broadway houses in the Greenwich Village district, 26% have already been lost and with the displacement of the theatres at question here, that percentage increases to 40%. It is particularly sad that on the 50th anniversary of Off-Off-Broadway, which began on a very small stage in Greenwich Village, we are witnessing the closure of these important and vibrant spaces.
 
The Off-Off-Broadway community has long been a significant part of the revitalization of neighborhoods throughout the 5 boroughs.  These productions bring creative and energetic artists and audience members to some of the more depressed areas of New York City and often provide a much needed injection of culture, income and community participation.
 
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