The H Street Playhouse is relocating to 2020 Shannon Place SE in Anacostia.
In the face of escalating rent, H Street founder Adele Robey was forced out of the Northeast neighborhood she (and her husband, who died in 2009) had helped to revitalize.
Robey said she felt positive about the move before a news conference Monday, around the corner from the soon-to-be theater, which is now a warehouse. “For many reasons, it feels right,” she said, not the least of which is the serendipity of moving to the neighborhood where her husband, Bruce, was born and raised.
“We’re delighted to have a theater come to our area,” said Michael Rious, special assistant to D.C. Council member Marion Barry (D-Ward 8). “We’re looking forward to it, the neighborhood is looking forward to it, and we think it will be a great benefit to Ward 8.”
Much about the new location, Robey said, is quite promising: The warehouse is larger than the H Street venue, there’s ample parking and easy access to public transportation, and the rent in Anacostia “is way less than the going rate on H Street.”