After a nearly 3 year residence at the NoHo Arts Center, the 68 Cent Crew Theatre Company/ Theatre 68 has claimed the one time Deaf West, and soon to be former Antaeus Theatre Company venue at 5112 Lankershim Blvd in North Hollywood, CA, as their new permanent home.
According to Artistic Director Ronnie Marmo, the 15 year old, eclectic-contemporary, bi-coastal company will take control of the 5200 square foot location on August 1st and begin a huge overhaul which will include losing most of the current Antaeus offices for the installation of a second theater, a single master lobby, state of the art sound & lighting and a re-installation of the overhead Def West style marquee.
A black tie fundraising gala, to be held on Saturday, September 17, will officially open the doors for business, and also help to pay for the cost of the renovation.
Still up in the air is their inaugural production. Although they have a few options, an original play about American stand-up comedian, social critic, satirist, and screenwriter, Lenny Bruce may be in the works. An extension of Theatre 68’s popular production of Bill W. and Dr. Bob, a comedy about the creation of Alcoholics Anonymous, which just opened this past weekend at the NoHo Arts Center, is also on the table.
Theatre 68 celebrated it’s 15th anniversary on February 14th of this year. Spending it’s first two years in Hollywood at the Space Theatre, the company eventually found itself in a new home on Sunset and Western where it resided for 10 years until their lease was up and they landed at the NoHo Arts Center.
What was supposed to be a temporary summer rental turned out to be a three-year run. Since making their way to the NoHo theatre scene the company has produced many original plays and musicals including Storefront Church a West Coast premiere by John Patrick Shanley, Serial Killer Barbie and Adam & Steve. Bill W and Dr. Bob, double cast and running six shows per week, will close out their stay.
“NoHo Arts Center has been such a blessing for the last three years. But now we are looking forward to having our own home. I’m so proud of what’s going to happen. We’ve got big plans. Antaeus is one of the best companies in town. And the fact that we get to move into their space with all those spirits and theatre ghosts is exciting to us. We plan on being very respectful and honoring them in some way because we are just grateful that Theatre 68 gets to take the next step at that space.” ~Ronnie Marmo