'Slowgirl' to Open New Venue

February 1, 2012
Lincoln Center Theater will open its new venue, the Claire Tow Theater, on June 4 with the premiere of "Slowgirl" by playwright Greg Pierce, the venue announced Tuesday.

The Claire Tow Theater, designed by H3 Hardy Collaboration Architecture, is a minimalist, two-story structure built on top of the building housing the Vivian Beaumont and Mitzi E. Newhouse theaters in the Lincoln Center complex; audiences will enter by elevators. The 131-seat theater—the result of a $41 million capital campaign—will be the home of LCT3, a programming initiative that encourages new work at Lincoln Center.

Paige Evans, the artistic director of LCT3, said "Slowgirl"—about a teenage girl recovering from an accident by visiting her ex-pat uncle in Costa Rica—was brought to her attention by director Anne Kauffman, who led the LCT3 production of "Stunning" in 2009.

"'Slowgirl' is very sensitively written," said Ms. Evans, whose aim is to identify and develop new theater artists whose future work can then be produced on the company's two larger stages. "I want it to be an eclectic range."

LCT3 productions—which charge $20 for tickets—have been taking place at the Duke on 42nd Street, where each was onstage for a total of four weeks. In their new home, productions will have two weeks of previews and four weeks of performances.

The move-in is still many months off. "The seating risers are in now," said Ms. Evans. "It's still a construction site."

'Slowgirl' to Open New Venue
By Pia Catton - Wall Street Journal