Friday, May 25, 2018

Funky Little Theater Company moves to the former Theater on Pecan

Posted By on Fri, May 25, 2018 at 1:13 PM

click to enlarge This little theater has big plans for its new space. - COURTESY FUNKY LITTLE THEATER
  • Courtesy Funky Little Theater
  • This little theater has big plans for its new space.

After more than three years in its current location on Templeton Gap Road, Funky Little Theater will be packing up shop (and set) and moving to the former Theater on Pecan, 1367 Pecan St., its new home for the foreseeable future.

This Westside venue has seen a few previous tenants, from the Millibo Art Theatre (which christened the space as a performance venue before moving to its current location on Tejon Street) to the Black Box Theatre, to the Grin Reaper Comedy Club.

It’s a step up in size for Funky, nearly doubling their seating capacity from a flexible 40 seats to a solid 80. Artistic director/founder Chris Medina says: “It seemed like the right time [to move]. We can consistently pack our house, but it’s going to be scary to fill an 80-seat house. ... What better way to step up our professionalism and step up our game than going to a big boy theater?”

Previous tenants have expressed difficulty in attracting audiences to the location, which sits somewhat tucked away among nondescript warehouses off 21st Street, but Medina says the landscape of the area is changing, with a new shopping center and a new housing development nearby. Plus, he says, Funky fans will find them no matter where they are.

“A lot of people know us already, “ he says, “so we’re hoping that those people will follow us and new people will find us. ... We’re excited to be embraced by the more artsy Westside, or so it’s been called.”

The move comes near the tail end of Funky’s "Season of the Female Playwright," though contrary to popular belief it does not mark the end of the season. Funky's current run of Harvey continues until June 2 in the soon-to-be old location, and Always a Bridesmaid and Body Awareness (in conjunction with [Spectrum]: LGBT Play Festival) will be performed at the new place before the season comes to a full close.

This means that all official grand opening celebrations will be reserved for July, though there will be plenty going on in the new Funky Little Theater in the meantime, including dance rehearsals and a performance of Funky Little Improv on June 9.

Medina says they're planning to move the last remaining pieces of the theater the day after they strike Harvey. Anyone interested in helping with the moving/cleaning effort should keep an eye on Funky's Facebook page for details in coming days.

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