Next season, Synetic Theater, Washington’s unique movement-theater company, will move to the Crystal City space now being used by Arena Stage. Vornado/Charles E. Smith president Mitchell N. Schear made the announcement at last night’s Helen Hayes Awards.
Synetic has for years produced out of the Rosslyn Spectrum, a lecture hall converted to theater space for their purposes. It was in that venue (and in the Kennedy Center and, more recently, Lansburgh theater) that Synetic won both a committed following and multiple Helen Hayes awards, particularly for its silent versions of great Shakespeare plays.
The Crystal City space had served as Arena Stage’s principle venue since January, 2008 while its 1101 Sixth Street location received its $125-million facelift. With the new Mead Center ready to open in October, 2010, the Crystal City location became available, and Synetic danced in.
Schear made the announcement in his capacity of honorary producer of the Helen Hayes Awards, which his company sponsored.