Even though we often toll the bell for Off-Off space in New York City, there is always a solution to this problem: Make More. If some entrepreneur (or 30) could come up with the capital to get into a nice, centrally located space and turn it into even a serviceable black box space, with decent rental prices, it sounds like that place would be in heavy demand.
I imagine some of the more prolific small companies in NYC that have no permanent home could do more together than they can by themselves. Band together, pool your capital, divide up the work, divide up the space by season and viola! You are sharing a permanent residence.
I'd be happy to serve as a hub for said interest. Let's say if you're in a theater company that could use another company's resources to pool with your own to this end. E-mail me and I'll be happy to see if there are any matches for what you need from other e-mails. Think of me as an ad hoc dating services for small theater companies.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.