|A unique space with a unique purpose.
Central New York is crazy for theater. Whether it's touring Broadway shows,
professional theater, semi-professional, summer regional theater, or local
community theater, there are a host of companies for our region. However
despite the growing number of companies, theater space, specifically space
dedicated to local productions by local residents, is in short supply and high
demand. On top of that many venues have been priced out of most local
Enter The Central New York Playhouse. This new venue opening in November
of 2012 will produce a host of local productions each year. This non-profit
organization is being organized by over a dozen local theater personalities
representing just every facet of the expansive Central New York theater
community. Teachers, homemakers, civil servants, techies, and even a pastor
have come together to provide a space dedicated to the large talent base we
have here in Central New York. From mainstage Broadway and off-Broadway
theatrical productions, to cabarets, to improv comedy and all things in between.
Of course with this much programming we needed our own dedicated
space. Enter Shoppingtown Mall. We are repurposing a retail unit to make
a unique entertainment venue. Designed by SALT award winning stage
designer Navroz Dabu, this 4500 square foot theater space will allow for
both intimate theater experiences and large scale musicals.
However this space is not just about one person or even one company.
Our design and purpose is to provide a resource for other local
productions to come in and use this space at reasonable, affordable rates.
Already Don’t Feed the Actors Improv Comedy Group has contracted for
several Improv comedy nights, Doug “The Bubble Man” Rougeux is
bringing bubble shows to children on school break, and in 2013 SALT
Award winning playwright Jeff Kramer will be bringing his new Skit
Comedy experience “Sketchy Mall People” to the CNYP stage. And we
hope to be announcing more partnerships soon
But we need your help. So please consider donating to our construction
fund by visiting our Patron page or coming to our first fundraiser, The
Roast of Navroz and Binaifer Dabu, Friday September 7th at the Palace
Theatre. We intend this to be a stage for all of Central New York, a home
for Actors, Artists, and Audience. Please help us make it a reality.