The theatre venue in downtown Silver Spring now known as Round House Silver Spring will have a change of name and management beginning July 1, 2014.
It will become the Silver Spring Black Box Theater, managed by Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring, comprised of the four arts organizations primarily using the popular venue located next door to AFI Theatre: Lumina Studio Theatre, Artstream, Forum Theatre, and Live Garra Theatre.
This announcement puts an end to the concern for the future of Forum Theatre, whose present contract for use of the space ends June 30th. In the past year, since news that Round House Theatre would no longer be managing the space, Forum searched but was unable to find a permanent space for their company, Artistic Director Michael Dove told Washington City Paper. “I couldn’t find any solution that would have given us a consistent home for a whole season,” Dove says. “It would have meant us moving around quite a bit and losing our office space.”
Meanwhile, the company, which has yet to announce its 11th season, is ending this one with the nearly sold-out, highly acclaimed remount of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot this weekend.(Details and tickets are here.)
According to their press release, the newly formed Theatre Consortium of Silver Spring “will provide innovative management for the Silver Spring Black Box Theater which will support the four core organizations and provide performance space for other culturally diverse artists and organizations for the enrichment of the community in and around the Silver Spring Arts and Entertainment District. Consortium members have demonstrated that they understand how to meet Silver Spring/Montgomery County’s need for high quality, diverse, and reasonably priced theatre.”