This week Ars Nova, the Off-Broadway company behind such hits as Great Comet and KPOP, celebrated the official opening of its new downtown home at West Village's Greenwich House. The historic space, which opened on Barrow Street in 1917, is now named after its newest tenant: Ars Nova at Greenwich House.
“I've come here myself for the last 20 years, and felt a deep connection to the work that was being done in the space—it’s always felt a little outside the box, experimental, and risky in ways that excite me,” says artistic director Jason Eagan. “To carry that torch forward as the newest resident in this historical space seemed like the holy grail.”
While Ars Nova, which was founded in 2003, will continue to develop and present new work out of its intimate theatre on West 54th Street, Ars Nova at Greenwich House is now its primary venue for all Off-Broadway productions—including the current staging of The Mad Ones' Mrs. Murray’s Menagerie, directed by Lila Neugebauer, which opens April 8.
“What’s exciting about this expansion is that it gives us a larger space to invite more audiences in and also give the artists a larger playground—which we’ve been bursting at the seams [to do],” Eagan told Playbill. “The additional joy, is that we can now focus on revitalizing the 54th Street space to have a full-time development hub going for our artists in resident and commissioned artists.”
Greenwich House Theater is located at 27 Barrow Street in New York City. In addition to producing out of the space, Ars Nova will partner with Greenwich House on new community engagement and educational initiatives.