The Place: The Studio Theatre
Where: Logan Circle, 14th and P Streets NW
Why Live Here: You love the theater, contemporary productions in particular, and really enjoy an intimate small-audience experience. Even better, you like hanging out in a building and with people who have sustained community support and helped shape the history of a major DC hub.
Things to Know: For those of you who have only lived in DC since, say, the mid 00’s or later, you might not be able to imagine what 14th Street NW used to look like. Now one of the most revitalized areas of the city, the 14th Street corridor was practically burnt to the ground in 1968 and then turned into a hotbed of drug and prostitution activity. Studio Theater opened it’s doors at 1443 Rhode Island Avenue NW, two blocks away from it’s current location, in 1978, and was instrumental in helping change things in the area. Before moving to its current location, it occupied a former hot-dog warehouse on Church Street. As part of its 50th anniversary commemoration, Washingtonian magazine identified the Studio Theatre’s move into its current space at 14th and P streets as one of “50 Moments That Shaped Washington, DC.”
Studio produces up to 450 performances of eight to ten productions each year, all under two programming umbrellas: The Main Series and Studio X, which features bold, often experimental works.
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Fun anecdotes: Two weeks before this website went live, my sister called me with some interesting news. She had just seen If I Forget at Studio, a play about a family that is fracturing over what to do with their 14th Street real estate, and a character in the show proclaimed that she wanted to open an interior design store named, wait for it, PLACES AND SPACES!