In 2005, the Theatre for a New Audience unveiled that architects Frank Gehry and Hugh Hardy would work in collaboration to design a permanent home for the theatre company that would include a 299-seat flexible theatre, a 50-seat rehearsal/performance space, a café, offices, and a rooftop garden.
The New York Times reports that Hardy, who restored the New Victory and the New Amsterdam theatres, will now be the sole architect of the new building.
The paper also states that Gehry was unaware of the change in plans. In a conversation with the Times, Gehry said of Hardy, "He's quite adequate for the job without me, I would guess there are financial reasons for this."
However, Theatre for a New Audience founder and artistic director Jeffrey Horowitz informed the Times that "Frank told me he was too busy and was unable to continue with the project and that he had to withdraw. We respected his wishes." Horowitz cited scheduling and impending design deadlines as the reason behind the change in plans.
Theatre for a New Audience expects to break ground on the new site, located between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street, in spring of 2009. Gehry is known for his designs of Seattle's Experience Music Project Museum, the Disney Hall in downtown Los Angeles and the Bilbao Guggenheim Museum.
The upcoming Theatre for a New Audience season includes The Grand Inquisitor from Dostoyevsky's "The Brothers Karamazov" and adapted by Marie-Hélène Estienne (Oct. 22-Nov. 23), Edward Bond's Chair (Dec. 5-28), Shakespeare's Othello (Feb. 14-March 7, 2009), as well as Hamlet (March 14-April 19, 2009).
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