Playbill On-Line has learned that New York' s WPA Theatre (Workshop of the Players Arts Foundation, Inc.), which lost its theatre last July, may still be planning to launch a new season pending the acquisition of a new space.
A call to WPA's artistic director Kyle Renick was not returned at this writing, but he is said to be working on acquiring new space and mounting a season.
Meanwhile, the new owner of the former WPA space, located at 519 W. 23 St. in Manhattan, has expressed broad plans to remodel the space and open a new theatre there, a source said.
While recent seasons were less spectacular than those of years past, WPA has a solid reputation in the theatre community. Formed 22 years ago, WPA has produced more than 90 plays, with 13 of them receiving commercial transfers, including Gorey Stories, God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater, Nuts, Album, The Freak, the Key Exchange, Little Shop of Horrors, Steel Magnolias, The Night Hank Williams Dies, The Lady in Question, Red Scare on Sunset, Jeffrey, and the Boys in the Band. In addition, nine WPA plays have gone on to become feature films including Key Exchange, Little Shop of Horrors, The Whales of August, Nuts, Fresh Horses, Steel Magnolias, Jeffrey, North Shore Fish, and The Trading Post.
WPA is frequently associated with the initial success of two projects by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, Little Shop of Horrors and Kurt Vonnegut's God Bless You, Mr. Rosewater. Last May, before WPA lost its space, Playbill On-Line reported that the company would mount Jonathan Sheffer's Blood on the Dining Room Floor at a different venue.
-- By Murdoch McBride