Soho Rep Transforms Vacant Brooklyn Storefront Into Fantastical Landromat

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Soho Rep announced that the world premiere of Washeteria, an off-site theatrical event aimed at children aged 7+ and families, will take place in a vacant Brooklyn storefront to be transformed into a fantastical laundromat.

Inspired by the world of the laundromat and the diverse community of people who visit, Washeteria will run March 21-April 5 with an official opening night slated for March 29.

The site-specific even is created by designer Louisa Thompson who's award-winning works include Blasted, Elective Affinities and Gatz, with director Adrienne Kapstein and Soho Rep artistic director Sarah Benson. The show will feature two episodes created by writer/composer César Alvarez with director Annie Tippe, and writer Charise Castro Smith with director Tea Alagić.

The cast includes Che Ayende, Danaya Esperanza and Mia Katigbak, who perform different characters in each episode, along with multi-instrumentalist and singer Miwa Gemini.

In a press statement Thompson said, “I'm inspired by the fact that storefront laundromats are some of the most inclusive, civic spaces in New York City. My hope is that we can create an easily accessible, familiar, and welcoming street-level space in which we will make artistically rigorous and adventurous performances for all-age audiences, and that the space itself will bring positive activity to an underutilized block and encourage neighbors to stop in and get to know one another.”

Washeteria will take place at 321 Broadway in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Tickets, $10, can be purchased by visiting sohorep.org or calling (212) 352-3101.

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