Soho Rep Abruptly Closes Walker Street Theater

News   Show Forced to Cancel After Soho Rep Abruptly Closes Walker Street Theater The immediate closing of the performance space has left My Name is Gideon without a venue.
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Soho Rep announced September 28 that it is immediately closing its 46 Walker Street Theater, prompting a cancellation of Gideon Irving’s musical solo show My Name is Gideon, slated to begin performances in the space September 29.

All For One Theater, the production company behind My Name is Gideon, was informed of the cancellation late at night on September 27. The organization, led by producing director Nicholas Cotz, had rented the space September 26-October 31.

“The crew and designers were in the midst of Cue-to-Cue when Cotz made the announcement to the company,” reads a statement from AFO. “Irving and Cotz embraced and cried, and broke the news to the rest of the production staff. “

Both AFO and Soho Rep have released statements stating that they are working together to find a new home for My Name is Gideon.

In its own statement, Soho Rep explained that both the staff and board of directors decided it was no longer in the best interest of the company’s artists and audiences to renew their lease.

Earlier this year, the organization had begun negotiations for an interim extension lease and was exploring the option of purchasing the Walker Street space—where it 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,” reads the statement. “They determined that the necessary renovations and administration would be cost and time-prohibitive.”

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, Richard Maxwell’s Samara, soon.

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