New Arts Venue Planned in Living Theatre Space
As we reported earlier in the month, the legendary Living Theatre is in the middle of its last production at 21 Clinton Street, the company’s home for the past six years. What will happen to the space after the show closes in February? There were some clues last week when Community Board 3′s liquor license agenda came out, and now a few more details have surfaced.
According to documents posted online, Stephen Michael Rondel and Tyler Maganzini are hoping to open a new performance venue in this location named the “C.O.W. Theatre.” There will be improv performances, repertory theater, one man shows and children’s theater. The team is asking for a wine and beer license for the concession area in the basement. Rondel is the founder and executive director of the New Acting Company, which offers classes to both kids and adults and stages professional productions. Maganzini runs the Black Mountain Winehouse and the Union Grounds bar, both in Brooklyn. We’ll hear more about their plans Monday, Feb. 11 when CB3′s SLA Committee meets.
Meanwhile the Living Theatre hopes to stay in the neighborhood. We should have news about their future plans soon. But the current production, “Here We Are,” is your last opportunity to see 86-year old Judith Malina’s groundbreaking theater company in action on Clinton Street.