Queens Theatre Needs To Be Updated

Queens Theatre Needs To Be Updated

Most of the popular local community theatres are in urgent need of new theater venues! The conditions of the state-of-the-art locales where the local community theaters are located are becoming really miserable. On the contrary, The Pershing Square Signature Center located on the 42nd Street near 10th Avenue in Manhattan was opened in the year 2012. The funding was made  via public-private partnership, whereas the city of New York allocated $27.5 million.

 It is designed by a famous architect Frank Gehry and comprises of three theaters with one having 294 and other two with 191 occupancy respectively. It also has two studios, a shared lobby with a café and a bookshop, and offices spread across 75,000 square feet. Mayor Michael Bloomberg understood the significance of such cultural organisation, as he stated that “cultural institutions are the lifeblood of our city”, he further added that the center is “a big, bold transformative project, that will bring more people, more growth, and more vitality” to Manhattan’s West Side.

Being such a huge and having multicultural population, Queen’s theatre also needs such significant steps to be taken. Moreover, the Signature Theatre has quite a low ticket price of $30 for most of its shows as compare to other theatres. Works of some of the best contemporary playwrights are performed at the Signature theatre like “Jesus Hopped the ‘A’ Train,” by Stephen Adly Guirgis. He is also the winner of Pulitzer Prize for Drama for “Between Riverside and Crazy,” and his play with an unprintable title about a Hat was on Broadway. Martin McDonagh is another brilliant  contemporary playwright. Some of his key works are “The Cripple of Inishmaan”, “The Beauty Queen of Leenane” and “Hangmen,” a prize-winner in London.

Most of our local community theaters are avoiding the production of works created by some of the contemporary playwrights. Due to financial constraints, such superbly reviewed plays have a short run. On the contrary, theatres have the belief that yesteryear works having popular titles will attract an audience. However, it’s high time to open the new modern venues, as it will create a stir amongst the theatre lovers. Moreover, wider audience will be attracted with the production of new and challenging material especially younger crowd which is one of the major requisites for the survival of theatres.


29 Dec 201