For my money (ha, yes, entendre intended) one of the coolest artist development programs in the city is the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s “Swing Space” program. Especially in theatre, the name of the game is space — for some of us, it’s all that we need…and yet it’s generally almost prohibitively expensive….and yet there’s so much of it lying fallow in this city. Ironies, ironies, ironies. The LMCC sets up artists with empty downtown office space for limited periods. Frankly, some of us would rather have that than a million dollars. (No, that’s not illogical. A million dollars = taxes, leases, insurance, payroll, headaches)
Last night we saw an interesting adaptation of Richard II by resident director Mallory Catlett called rii, presented in the penthouse of 14 Wall Street. It was the first performance of a new workshop, and I wasn’t there as a reviewer, so I can’t say much about it other than that it is extremely neat to see environmental theatre done on the top floor of a skyscraper on a hot, summer night with a small, intimate audience of friends, strangers and colleagues.
Some views from out the window of the playing space, by my son Photographer Cashel:
To my fellow artists: Swing Space is currently taking applications for residencies through July 22. For details, go here.