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!