Volume 16 • Issue 35 | January 30 - February 05, 2004

Theater idea released

By Josh Rogers

The American National Theatre released this design for a $200-million three-theater space to be built adjacent to the proposed Freedom Tower at the World Trade Center site. The design by Richard Olcott of Polshek Partnership, would be a home for the theater group, which would form a jury to select the best 15 plays in regional non-profit theaters across the country.

Sean Cullen, ANT’s founder, said Wednesday at an unveiling announcement at the Odeon in Tribeca, that he’s committed to opening the theater somewhere but it would be an honor to be at the W.T.C., a “nationally recognized or sacred location.” He said non-profit theater groups in New York will also be recruited to participate. “There are at least 10 theaters from the Lower East Side to the Upper West that we’d love to have as members.”

The group is backed by Meryl Streep, Blair Brown and Harold Prince, among others.

The Lower Manhattan Development Corp. is expected to release a report soon on the cultural organizations which submitted plans for the W.T.C. last September.

Madelyn Wils, an L.M.D.C. board member, said she expects to see the report within the next two weeks and assumes it will be publicly released soon after that. She anticipates that it will identify the organizations with the most feasible proposals.

—Josh Rogers


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