Monday, June 27, 2011

Theater for a New Audience Breaks Ground Near BAM

Posted By on Mon, Jun 27, 2011 at 9:49 AM

(Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)
  • (Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)

There's been activity at the site since April, but aside from a vaguely Old Globe-esque interior view, we've had very little sense of how Theater for a New Audience's new BAM Cultural District building will look. On Friday major construction kicked off, and Curbed turned up renderings of the dramatic building, designed by Hugh Hardy of H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture that will rise on Ashland Place between Lafayette Avenue and Fulton Street.

(Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)
  • (Courtesy H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture)

In addition to the 299-seat main stage designed specifically for the performance of Shakespeare and other classical theater, the rising black box building will house rehearsal studios that can be converted into 99-seat theaters or used as event spaces. The lobby will include a book kiosk and cafe, and the surrounding outdoor plaza designed by landscape architect Ken Smith will include sculptures and outdoor seating.

Theater for a New Audience will christen its new home in the spring of 2013 with a production directed by none other than Julie Taymor—we hear it'll be a new version of Hamlet with singing lions.

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