Soho Rep. Closes Walker Street Theater
The company leaves its off-Broadway home of 25 years.
Soho Rep. has announced that it will close its venue at 46 Walker Street immediately, before the expiration of its lease in March 2017.
In spring 2016, the organization began to renegotiate an interim extension lease for the 46 Walker Street venue to explore the option of purchasing the space, where Soho Rep. has staged its productions since 1991.
As part of that exploration, Soho Rep. recently learned that the usage authorized by the city when the company first moved into the building 25 years ago does not align with the current operations in the space. Soho Rep.'s board of directors convened on September 28 to discuss possible courses of actions, including altering the physical venue, but they determined that the necessary renovations and administration would be cost and time-prohibitive. As a result, the board and leadership staff have made the decision to not renew the lease and to close the theater immediately.
The 2016-17 Soho Rep. season will continue as scheduled, with performances of Daniel Alexander Jones' Duat taking place, as planned, at the Connelly Theater (October 11-November 6). Soho Rep. will announce a location for its spring 2017 production of Richard Maxwell's Samara soon.
The company is also working with All for One Theater to find a new home for Gideon Irving's My Name Is Gideon. All for One Theater had rented 46 Walker Street for the production, originally scheduled to begin performances in the space today.