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29th St. Rep Loses Performance Space

Mogentale Another sad day, as yet another Off-Broadway theatre has lost its performance space. 29th Street Rep is forced to vacate its theatre at 212 29th St. because of building code violations and the cost to make the necessary improvements. Artistic David Mogentale will retain the rehearsal space and an office and will look for outside venues, for now. His letter to fans is below. At left is the poster from 29th Street's most recent production, the stage adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's THE CONVERSATION.

--Andrew Salomon

To all our fans:

Well, if you have not heard it by now, 29th Street Rep has lost its performance space. The theater, because of various building violations and the cost of legalizing them has had to pull up stakes after THE CONVERSATION this May. I still have the upstairs rehearsal room as well as an office on the third floor, but for now 29th Street Rep will be finding outside venues to perform in. This is very hard since we loved the intimacy of our space so very much. We were so familiar with the theater that many times we felt we knew every piece of plywood on the floor! That made for better acting all around. I will still be dedicated to finding that next 'brutal play' that will fit our aesthetics, just at a different theater. This company is something I have been so very proud of in my 18 years here. We do plays that are visceral, 'down and dirty' and raw. Something rarely seen at other spaces in this city. Sometimes we miss and sometimes we hit the homerun, but I don't think you ever saw us bunting the proverbial guy over.

I always loved seeing people that I grew to know and cared about coming to another play here at 212 West 29th Street. Sometimes I would have rather gotten a chance to speak with them in the lobby and not have been in the play itself! We have given our hearts and souls to this place and were so proud when people responded in such a positive way. I see people on the streets all the time wanting to know what we will be doing next! Here is to a new era. I hope it can continue what we worked so hard to start, cultivate and let grow.

With much thought,

David Mogentale, Artistic Director

29th Street Rep

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It might not be a theatre, but today's New York Times reports that Brooklyn's McCarren Pool -- which has hosted summer concerts for the past three years -- might be the next performance space to shut down. (Of course, that's only so it would actually become a working public pool again, so it's not all bad):


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