The Idea Distillery will ‘Give Curiosity a Home’ at Former COW Theater on Clinton Street
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Where two experimental theaters failed in a basement on Clinton Street, a new “home for curiosity” will soon take hold. Following in the footsteps of the COW Theater and Judith Malina’s legendary Living Theater before it.
When we last revisited 21 Clinton Street, the enormous subterranean space was being peddled for $11,000 per month and key money of $280,000. The COW Theater had just closed after struggling through a three-and-a-half-year tenancy.
The so-called celebration of whimsy this time around is something called the Idea Distillery, an arts organization that “creates live experiences for curious people.” Until now, the company simply promoted their events at other venues. For instance, the last show was a comedy bit called “Very Serious Science,” in which a trio of comedians – joined by scientists at Mount Sinai – commented on scientific presentations using slides they never saw before.
Looks like that’s changing. The Idea Distillery is up for a beer-wine license, and will go before Community Board 3 next month. Because 21 Clinton is deemed a “saturated area,” there is added scrutiny needed. More as it becomes available.