A social media campaign encouraging shutdown New York City theaters to open their lobbies – and restrooms – to protesters is gaining traction among Manhattan’s Off Broadway venues…
Soon, other Manhattan and Brooklyn venues came aboard. The Public Theater, at 425 Lafayette St. in the East Village, tweeted, “NYC, we hear you. If you are heading out to protest today, our restrooms are open from 2pm to 6pm today, June 3. We will have staff volunteers on had to help facilitate social distancing.” The venue suggests checking back for daily updates.
Playwrights Horizons, an Off Broadway venue at 416 W. 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan, writes that it is “Standing in solidarity with those fighting for racial justice,” and “our foyer will be open starting on Friday to offer WiFi, AC, a place to rest/reflect, and any other supplies we may have (PPE, sanitizer, snacks, water) to those who need it.” Hours are noon-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Other theaters that have signed on include the IRT Theater in Greenwich Village, and, in Brooklyn, Irondale Center and A.R.T./New York. See the tweets below for details. Many of these theaters are in heavily-marched neighborhoods.Open Your Lobby is encouraging theaters in other cities to join. The Flight Deck theater in Oakland, CA just signed up.
NYC, we hear you. If you are heading out to protest today, our restrooms are open from 2pm to 6pm today, June 3. We will have staff volunteers on hand to help facilitate social distancing.— The Public Theater (@PublicTheaterNY)June 3, 2020 Read more: Deadline Hollywood »
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