The Times Square Theater and Entertainment Center, a new center for Off and Off-Off Broadway productions will open its doors on New Year's Day, 2002, after previews running throughout December. The new complex, which has been in the works for over two years, will house rehearsal halls, screening rooms, an art gallery, a gift shop, bar, restaurant as well as a late night club cabaret for events and private parties. It will be located on 8th Ave. between 42nd and 43rd Streets.
The center was conceived and created by Aaron Beall, director of the Todo con Nada Theatre Company and creator of the International Fringe Festival and the Pure Pop Theatre Festival. He has collaborated with the Show World Center to build this new facility.
Throughout December, the complex held previews of Christmas shows, including Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost: a Christmas Revel and David A. Cerda's Rudolph the Red Hosed Reindeer. Both productions were directed by Beall.
The center will officially open Jan. 1, though, with the opening of the Alternative Broadway Epicenter and the Alternative Broadway Media Wall: the wall and Web site will offer comprehensive listings and information of about 200 Off and Off-Off Broadway shows in New York.
Beall's company Todo con Nada will also be housed in the new center, and it will premiere its first 2002 festival on Jan. 10 with "No Live Girls: A Times Square Festival," featuring plays and performances about Times Square. For more information about the Times Square Theater and Entertainment Center, call (212) 586-7829 or e-mail AltBroadway@aol.com.