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Today at a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre organized by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray dropped a whole bunch of arts news: One, the Lincoln Theatre is seeking a new operator. And two, H Street Playhouse, which started looking for a new, cheaper spot in January of this year, will be moving east of the river.
The mayor apparently scooped H Street Playhouse, which had been keeping quiet about its move and still hasn’t announced where, exactly, it will land.
Owner Adele Robey says the Playhouse will have a press release shortly, and will hold a press conference on Monday.
This post will be updated.
UPDATE: A media advisory sent by H Street Playhouse Managing Director Julia Robey Christian says the venue is headed to historic Anacostia. Monday’s press conference, announcing a specific address and details, will be held in front of The Hive, 2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at 2 p.m.
Christian says the move was finalized last night. She and Robey planned to announce the move on Monday and hold a press conference on Tuesday. (The exact location is still under wraps.)
“It just sort of came out of left field,” Christian says of the mayor’s announcement.
H Street Playhouse (it’ll be renamed, writes Christian in an email, perhaps in a contest) will begin operation in Anacostia in 2013.