Today we reached a major milestone as the last of the concrete was poured at 22nd Street. This finishes up the balcony risers, the upstairs walkway, and, with the help of one very long pipe, the new floor for the Studio Theater!
The view of the stage and the backstage wall from the new staircase.
The completed layout of the balcony risers.
The view of all the seating as seen from the floor where the stage will be.
While massive renovations are underway upstairs, we’re also making improvements to the W. Scott McLucas Studio Theater down in our basement. This intimate 55 seat space has hosted both world and American premieres of new works, and performances are consistently reviewed by The New York Times and other major outlets.
One of the hardest things about any basement space is the height limitations of the room. We were excited to discover that there is 18 inches of ground that can be excavated below the stage and work is well under way to remove the dirt and lower the stage floor. When finished, we will have an extra 18 inches of ceiling space to hang lighting instruments, and the theater will be equipped with movable seats and seating platforms so that shows can perform in the traditional proscenium, as a thrust stage, or in the round.
Below is a photo of the dirt that was bagged up on January 26th. Every morning one pile of bags is taken away and through out the day another one grows and takes its place!
As of January 27, 2016 the removal of the soil is about 65% complete!
You can now officially access the balcony seating from the theater! In the video below you can see the framework for both staircases, leading up to the seating in the new balcony section; we’ll have elevator access as well.