Ars Nova, the daring Off Broadway company that has nurtured the career of Lin-Manuel Miranda and shows including “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812,” will move its home base from Hell’s Kitchen to Greenwich Village beginning in early 2019.
The company plans to keep its current home on 54th Street in Manhattan, but will use the Greenwich House Theater as its primary venue for performances. That space is currently the home of Barrow Street Theater, which was notified on Thursday that its lease would not be renewed.
“I’m not pleased,” Scott Morfee, Barrow Street’s founding producer, said in an interview. “I suppose over time that there will be more to say, but for now I wouldn’t have a way of being able to say what comes next.”
Last year, Greenwich House put out a formal request for proposals for companies to occupy its historic 199-seat theater, which has housed Barrow Street productions — including Tracy Letts’s “Bug,” Nina Raine’s “Tribes” and Lucy Prebble’s “The Effect” — since 2003. Tooting Arts Club’s much-extended revival of Stephen Sondheim’s “Sweeney Todd” is currently at the theater, with plans to run at least through May 27.