29th Street Rep Loses Performance Space

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The 29th Street Rep, the Off-Off Broadway company where "brutal theatre lives," has lost its Manhattan theatre space.

In a letter to friends and fans of the daring theatre company, 29th Street Rep artistic director David Mogentale cites building violations and the cost of updating and legalizing them as the determining factor in the departure from the company's current home at 212 West 29th Street.

The company will retain a rehearsal space and offices on the third floor of the building, but will now be forced to produce all upcoming productions at venues across the city.

The final work presented at 212 West 29th Street was the stage adaptation of Francis Ford Coppola's 1974 film "The Conversation," which closed May 4.

After 18 years Mogentale states, "I will still be dedicated to finding that next 'brutal play' that will fit our aesthetics, just at a different theatre."

Described as a home for theatre that is "visceral, 'down and dirty' and raw," 29th Street Rep has presented Fool for Love, Lenny & Lou, Hiding Behind Comets, In the Belly of the Beast, Pick Up Ax, Tracers and the first New York production of Tracy Letts' Killer Joe. For further information visit 29thStreetRep.

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