November 27, 2007

Algonquin Prods. Leases & Renames Former Blue Heron Theatre Space – by BWW News Desk

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Algonquin Theater Productions (www.algonquinproductions.org), a not-for-profit company dedicated to moving plays to next-level production including Broadway, Off-Broadway, regional theater, film and television, today announced it has taken over the lease of the Blue Heron Theatre at 123 East 24th Street, and renamed the venue The Algonquin Theater.

Algonquin will invest $100,000 to renovate the space to create a more elegant, stylized lobby and theater. This theater contains two performing venues. The Kaufman, with 99 seats, will house Algonquin productions and co-productions on a professional level; the second, The Parker, with 45 seats, will be offered mainly for rental, as will The Algonquin’s rehearsal spaces.

Among the shows being considered for production at the Kaufman are the musical Sessions, written by Al Tapper and produced by Algonquin this summer at the Peter Jay Sharp Theater, Shel Silverstein’s The Devil and Billy Markham, produced by the Company at the Daryl Roth Cabaret space this spring and Same Train, written by Levy Lee Simon. Mr. Simon most recently captured the AUDELCO August Wilson Playwriting Award for The Guest At Central Park West.
In addition, Algonquin plans to initiate a program for children’s theater, utilizing the Company’s pool of professional actors, writers and directors and the resources of the surrounding community to bring an awareness and love of the arts to young people.

Algonquin Theater Productions, founded in 2004 and comprised of some 50 actors, playwrights, directors and other theatrical professionals, is led by Artistic Director and award-winning playwright Tony Sportiello.