01 September 2007

Bouwerie Lane Theatre to House Personal Drama From Now On

The Bouwerie Lane Theatre has been a lonely bastion of culture on the Bowery dating back to the early '70s, when no one wanted to party down there, let along live. But when the long-serving Jean Cocteau Theater company—the Bouwerie resident troupe— floundered and finally flopped in recent years, it was only a matter of time before the property was picked up by some mogul and the stage ripped out.

Adam Gordon, the "Self-Storage King," turned out to be that mogul. He purchased the landmarked building for $15 million back in June. Gordon's not monkeying around with the address; he plans to live on the top floor. The ground floor will house a "respectable" retail space. (What? No adult video shop.) The rest of the building may be a hotel. Reports are murky but many.

I believe I saw Wedekind and Buchner and Schiller there for the first time. Now quite the same as a new Sephora.

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