Friday, May 25, 2018

A special premiere at Theater for the New City

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On Sunday afternoon at 2, Theater for the New City is unveiling a state-of-the-art, wheelchair-accessible elevator as part of the Lower East Side Festival of the Arts.

Via the EVG inbox:

The elevator will serve TNC’s fourth theater on the lower level as well as its costumes, props and mask collection, additional audience bathrooms and much used rehearsal room. It will also offer access to the theater’s archives...

TNC is billing this as a grand opening complete with ribbon cutting and champagne as the theater names the elevator The Gerald Rupp, after its largest individual donor, who will be present and take the first ride.

“The elevator will support disabled individuals and the frail elderly, as part of Theater for the New City’s push for complete diversity in audience, as well as, the stage,” Crystal Field, executive artistic director, said.

The first 50 attendees will be able to follow suit and everyone attending will get a chance to test out the elevator’s internal telephone.

Kitty Lunn, dancer, choreographer, director of Infinity Dance company for abled and disabled dancers will host the event. The Infinity Dance Company and Yip Harburg Foundation’s Rainbow troupe will perform.

Theater for the New City is at 155 First Ave. between Ninth Street and 10th Street. You can find the rundown for the 23rd annual Lower East Side Festival of the Arts here. The programming starts tonight at 6.

1 comment:

Gojira said...

And don't forget the yearly street fair affiliated with the TNC weekend, held on Saturday from 10-5, where the residents of the street set up tables and sell all sorts of neat stuff, mixed in with more usual street sellers and food stalls. I always find some great antique and vintage tchotchkes to drag home with me.