This just in, from Crain's:
The historic Provincetown Playhouse Theater is safe from demolition, New York University has confirmed...So just goes to show you: pressure helps.
NYU now says it will preserve the size of the theater along with its four walls, entry way and façade. The interior will be upgraded and pieces, like the 1920’s theater seats, will be removed, refurbished and reinstalled. A new building that is “contextual” and complements the architecture of the area, meanwhile, will be build around the Provincetown Playhouse....
Announcements of preliminary plans for the site caused such a flap late last month that playwrights, producers and actors including Blythe Danner, Mercedes Ruehl, Eric Stolz and John Leguizama [sic] signing a petition to protest the proposed changes.
Lord knows the pressures on the other side of these disputes is always formidable. And much more well funded. So sometimes making a stink, as unpleasant as it can seem, is necessary to protect theatre (or in this case, a theatre) from the larger social forces.
Here, I imagine NYU was not looking forward to the announced May 28 public meeting on their proposal, for which protests were already being planned.
My hat off to Andrew Berman of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation; Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer for giving a damn, and blogger Leonard Jacobs forgoing ahead being a maniac about it all.
By the way--no offense to them, but they couldn't rally a more, um, A-list group of actors...? NYU really must be powerful!