DESIGN PARTNERS: McInturff Architects (Bethesda), Theatre Projects Consultants (London and New York), Acoustic Dimensions (New York), Davis Construction (DC).
SIZE: 30,000 square feet over three levels, adjacent to two outdoor courtyards, nestled within a half-block building developed by JPI Inc. (Texas) and designed by Esocoff and Associates (DC). The building also includes 420 apartment units and street-level retail.
THEATRE STATS: Total seating 265 plus standing room, including 187 orchestra and 78 balcony, plus circulating stair within theatre. Flexible "courtyard" configuration can be used as end stage or small thrust.
STAGE: 30 feet deep X 54 feet wide X 35 feet high, with "single purchase" rigging system for lighting and scenery, and three lighting catwalks over audience chamber.
LOBBY: Two-tiered lobby including: Entry level box office, concessions bar, balcony entrances, and handicapped restrooms; Mid level concessions bar, book stall, orchestra entrances, main restrooms, and backstage entrance; and Lower level entrances to rehearsal hall and classroom.
OTHER SUPPORT SPACES: Backstage includes three dressing rooms for 20 actors total, with adjacent greenroom and kitchenette, production office, and bathrooms. Shop spaces include scene shop (with direct loading to stage), workroom, prop shop, wardrobe, laundry, and storage area. Upper level administrative suite includes reception area, two private offices, open workspace for 20 desks, meeting room, and kitchenette.
ACCESSIBILITY: All spaces wheelchair accessible by three-stop internal elevator. Handicapped seating in orchestra and balcony. Accessible restrooms on all three levels.
When Choton returns to Kolkata on a research trip with his Black American boyfriend Raheem, his grandfather’s photograph stares down at him from the walls of his family home. Choton loves being the translator, toggling nimbly between Bangla and English, interviewing queer locals, showing Raheem his world. But through the lens of Choton’s grandfather’s old camera, Raheem begins to notice things Choton can’t. Peer into this bilingual play from visionary writer-director Shayok Misha Chowdhury about the things we see, the things we miss, and the things that turn us on.