Arts Desk

H Street Playhouse to Move East of the River

Today at a presolicitation event at the Lincoln Theatre organized by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development, Mayor Vince Gray dropped a whole bunch of arts news: One, the Lincoln Theatre is seeking a new operator. And two, H Street Playhouse, which started looking for a new, cheaper spot in January of this year, will be moving east of the river.

The mayor apparently scooped H Street Playhouse, which had been keeping quiet about its move and still hasn't announced where, exactly, it will land.

Owner Adele Robey says the Playhouse will have a press release shortly, and will hold a press conference on Monday.

This post will be updated.

UPDATE: A media advisory sent by H Street Playhouse Managing Director Julia Robey Christian says the venue is headed to historic Anacostia. Monday's press conference, announcing a specific address and details, will be held in front of The Hive, 2027 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, at 2 p.m.

Christian says the move was finalized last night. She and Robey planned to announce the move on Monday and hold a press conference on Tuesday. (The exact location is still under wraps.)

"It just sort of came out of left field," Christian says of the mayor's announcement.

H Street Playhouse (it'll be renamed, writes Christian in an email, perhaps in a contest) will begin operation in Anacostia in 2013.

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  • Old man

    Wow. And so the march continues... As Joe Biden would say, this is a BFD.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    Old police warehouse or one of ARCH's old training warehouses...

  • Catlike

    That playhouse helped set the economic development on H street. I went to a few (okay not a lot) of shows.

    I am dishearten it will move. We cannot have a bar only zone on H Street.

  • Cap City Records Panhandler

    @catlike... That is what these hedonistic pink people want the city to be... one big beer pong scene. Sickening.

  • Mark

    @Cap City Records Panhandle - "Pink people?" Really? Are you that ignorant?

  • DC_LovesYou

    If you didn't own property in Anacostia before this announcement, it just got 25 percent for expensive to purchase...