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Culture Project heads to SoHo

Troupe to take over former MET venue

Downtown theater company The Culture Project is heading even further downtown.

The troupe, whose politically charged productions have included Eve Ensler’s recent play “The Treatment,” will move from its current digs in the East Village to take over the SoHo venue formerly occupied by the Manhattan Ensemble Theater.

David Fishelsen, the former producer of MET, said he is getting out of nonprofit legit to become a commercial producer, a move prodded by the success of recent MET offerings “Golda’s Balcony,” which transferred to Broadway and toured for two years, and “Nine Parts of Desire.”

He was looking for someone to take over the remaining ten years of his lease on the SoHo theater, and he found a taker in the Culture Project, which wanted to cut down on overhead by moving from its expensive East Village space.

Culture Project, which at 45 Bleecker has use of a 199-seat upstairs space and a 99-seat downstairs stage, will in SoHo have only one theater that seats 140. Company will make the move in January.

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