Downtown venue shutters at end of summer

The 99-seat Ohio Theater in downtown Manhattan will shutter at the end of the summer, according to a rep for the Soho Think Tank, the nonprofit that currently operates the space.

The org was recently given notice by the landlord of the Soho venue, which has been a theater for nearly 30 years. Tony Kushner, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Eve Ensler are among the legiters to show early work at the Ohio over the years.

More recently, Off Broadway troupes including New Georges, P73, Ma-Yi and Target Margin have staged productions there.

Leadership of Soho Think Tank said discussions had begun with other downtown venues, including Here Arts Center and P.S. 122, in an attempt to find spaces for the STT Presents program and the org’s annual Ice Factory Festival of new legit work. Company also has initiated talks with other troupes that regularly use the Ohio, with the possibility of forming a coalition for a new space.

The Ohio is skedded to close Aug. 31.

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