UCB East closing in February but will host shows at SubCulture
Sad news: Upright Citizens Brigade's East Village outpost is closing on February 9. "The cost of operating two venues in Manhattan has become too high, and after extensive consultation, the UCB4 has decided an exit is necessary" wrote Michael Hartney, UCB New York's artistic director, in an email sent out to the UCB community. (The "UCB4" are founders Amy Poehler, Ian Roberts, Matt Walsh and Matt Besser.) This follows layoffs at UCB which happened late last year. The East Village theater (or The Beast as it was nicknamed), opened in 2011. There is some good news, though. The UCB is collaborating with Village theatre SubCulture to host shows Friday through Sunday, starting February 15. Here's the press release:
UCB FORMS COLLABORATION WITH DOWNTOWN JEWEL, SUBCULTURE, MOVES TO CLOSE UCB EAST THEATRE
UCB announced today its new collaboration with SubCulture — the unique, independent performance space in NoHo — bringing UCB shows to a new home. Dubbed “UCB at SubCulture,” performances kickoff Friday, February 15th with shows regularly running Friday–Sunday.
“SubCulture was created as an intimate home for artists to explore and take risks, and I have long dreamed of a comedy residency at SubCulture. From the start, we have welcomed New York’s top talent to our stage to create unforgettable performances that are the stuff of New York legend,” said Marc Kaplan, Founder of SubCulture. “Our new collaboration with UCB will ensure that we are bringing the best talent in comedy to our stage three times every week.” “This new collaboration with SubCulture lets us continue with our mission with the added benefit of allowing us to return to our underground roots,” said UCB4. “We are thrilled to work with Marc Kaplan at SubCulture in their incredible space, and we can’t wait to perform there!”
As a result of the extreme costs UCB will close its East Village location, with the regular full schedule ending on Saturday, February 9th. “Due to the long-term cost of rent, property taxes, and other expenses associated with operating a second venue in NYC, UCB has created this new experience at SubCulture to reduce the financial impact,” said UCB4. “This move allows us to continue to offer a second venue to our performers and audience. We are forever grateful to the incredible staff, performers and countless dedicated UCB-ers who have committed so much time and effort into making it possible for us to perform and view alternative comedy in NYC.”
When The Beast closes, that will leave the UCB Theater in Hell's Kitchen, and their two LA locations as official venues. The UCB announced last year that its "Del Close Marathon," a tradition in NYC since 1999, is moving to LA this year.