After two years as a resident theater company at Arlington County’s Artisphere, WSC Avant Bard is on the hunt for a new stage — hopefully in time for its two upcoming productions, which are slated to run in repertory in May.
WSC Artistic Director Christopher Henley said Thursday that he had planned to stage those productions in Artisphere’s black box theater until the group met Dec. 11 with the county. Arlington wants to use Artisphere’s stages for productions with shorter runs, which means other companies with condensed performance schedules — UrbanArias, the National Chamber Ensemble and Fashion Fights Poverty — aren’t affected.
“Artisphere is not kicking WSC Avant Bard out; we’re not giving them the boot,” said Annalisa Meyer, Artisphere’s communications and marketing director. “We’ve been looking at how we operate, how we use every single space. It’s all part of us really trying to look at our operating costs and be good stewards of Arlington County taxpayer dollars, in addition to increasing revenue and presenting this incredible art to all audiences.”