In an event today at the Lincoln Theatre, Mayor Vincent Gray announced that the H Street Playhouse is moving east of the river to Anacostia. The venue, which is home to Scena Theatre and the Theatre Alliance and regularly stages productions by other companies, has been in its H Street, Northeast, location since 2001 after the building’s various incarnations as a furniture store, a roller rink, and a restaurant.
Details are scarce on what the move will mean for the space’s two resident companies. We reached out to both but have only heard back from Theater Alliance’s Colin Hovde, who says he doesn’t have an official statement yet about where Theater Alliance will be producing its shows in the future (which presumably means it won’t be moving along with the venue). There’s also no word on whether the move will prompt a name change for the venue.
H Street Playhouse managing director Julia Robey Christian has announced that a press conference to discuss the move will be held Monday at 2 PM outside the DC Hive in Anacostia. Stay tuned for more updates.