Today the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announced that it would be contributing $200,000 to the H Street Playhouse, which will soon be moving its location to historic Anacostia.
The H Street Playhouse, whose lease at 1365 H Street, NE, expires February 1, 2013 will relocate to 2020 Shannon Place, SE. During the time leading up to that date the space will undergo interior construction to create the performance area, dressing rooms, rest rooms, box office and theatre office spaces, electric and plumbing upgrades and will be outfitted with theatrical sound and lighting.
“The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities supports the vision of The Playhouse, and will contribute $200,000 to the project which will provide funding toward the cost of build-out, theatrical lighting and sound equipment,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “We are looking forward to seeing their artistic vision contribute to revitalization of Anacostia. This is in-line with Mayor Vincent Gray’s vision for revitalizing our historic neighborhoods.”
Relocating the Playhouse is a winning proposition. The H Street Playhouse has been the site of over a hundred fully mounted, full length and multiple-week-run productions. This project will also serve as an important symbol to prospective business owners, investors, and patrons. Providing this catalyst for the redevelopment of historic Anacostia will help ensure a significant and expedient return on investment for the District in the form of job creation and an increased tax base.
Build-out for the Playhouse is set to begin on August 15th.