UCB East To Shutter In February
The Upright Citizen’s Brigade Theater’s East Village location is due to close on February 9. The news first broke in an all-theater meeting held on Wednesday night and was confirmed in a statement released to Vulture today. The East Village theater opened in 2011 and housed countless improv, sketch, and stand up shows, in addition to more experimental offerings. UCB’s Hell’s Kitchen outpost will remain operational. It moved from Chelsea to its current location in November 2017. Amid financial troubles, last month UCB East began laying off employees, including most of its sales and marketing staff. Longtime and beloved Technical Director Pat Baer announced his dismissal on Twitter yesterday. He’d been employed by UCB since 2004.
After Feb 9th, I will no longer be a UCB employee. April would have been 15 years. I’m heartbroken and a bit numb. I will accept condolences, high fives, and job offers.
— Pat Baer 2019 (@patbaer) January 9, 2019
In an e-mail sent yesterday, UCBTNY Artistic Director Michael Hartney revealed news of a short-term partnership that will allow UCB to keep producing shows on weekend nights (Friday through Sunday). Beginning February 15, UCB will partner with SubCulture, a 130-seat theatre at 45 Bleecker Street, to continue a reduced slate of programming. UCB also has two locations in Los Angeles: Franklin and Sunset. In a relief to NYC improvisors and fans, legendary show ASSSSCAT 3000 is still running at UCBNY’s Hell’s Kitchen theater.