2 Nov 2012 01:33 PM

Can UNMC Continue to Offer Theater Space?

One of the most successful programs at UNMC -- our partnership with Spooky Action Theater -- is at risk, with two key hearings coming up. Spooky Action takes its name from an Albert Einstein quotation about "spooky action at a distance" and bills itself as "a visionary theater investigating the science of imaginary solutions". Their productions explore on stage many of the same frontiers that the church explores on Sunday morning - the meaning of time, relationships, and life itself.

It's a good fit from a programming standpoint -- and a great fit physically: Spooky Action built a fully self-contained black box theater that can be set up inside our basement fellowship hall -- and disassembled and stored after the show. This theater was one of the venues for the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival and has been made available for other productions, including those for children and charity.

The church's relationship with Spooky Action is one of several partnerships that help the church building stay vibrant and busy throughout the week. For it to continue, UNMC is applying to the District of Columbia for a zoning variance and seeking support from the neighborhood. Writes Spooky Action artistic director Richard Henrich:

"We need support from residents in Dupont Circle to carry the day at the next Advisory Neighborhood Commission 2B meeting on November 14. And feed-back from District residents, particularly in Ward 2, will help persuade Councilmember Jack Evans to support our cause at the Board of Zoning Adjustments hearing in December."

You can read more about the situation in this article from DC Theatre Scene and then visit the Spooky Action web site to learn how you can help us continue to support theater in our neighborhood.

Posted by Sue Mosher at November 2, 2012 01:33 PM
Posted to The building