An Arlington-based arts organization is decamping to the District of Columbia, but its leaders say that doesn’t mean they are giving up on the county or its residents.
UrbanArias will offer its 2015-16 season at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington’s historic H Street N.E. corridor. The organization was forced to find a new home when the Arlington County Board voted to shut its previous home, Rosslyn’s Artisphere.
When the closure was announced late last year, “we carefully considered a number of available regional alternatives on both sides of the river,” said Robert Wood, executive and artistic director of Urban Arias.
Although no Arlington locations fit the bill, “we are very grateful for Arlington County’s great support, and proud to have performed at both of Arlington’s professional venues – Signature Theatre and Artisphere,” Wood told the Sun Gazette. “We look forward to future productions in Arlington, like our sold-out cabaret at Signature earlier this month.”
The Atlas Performing Arts Center began life as a movie theater, and was restored and reopened in 2006 as a complex whose four theaters include seating for between 60 and 260 people.
UrbanArias will perform at the 160-seat Sprenger Theatre in a season that begins Oct. 3 with performances of a new chamber opera, “As One.”
UrbanArias was conceived as an opera company for a new generation, with shorter, more contemporary works. Its first production at Artisphere were “Lucy” and “Camera Obscura” in 2011.
For information on the upcoming season, see the Web site at www.urbanarias.org.