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Is There a Theater Dearth in the District?

The return of Capital Fringe Festival every July serves to remind D.C. residents that many unusual spaces can be used as theaters and that the theatrical scene in the area is alive and well. However, for much of the year, the "any spot can be a theater" claim isn't entirely true. Admittedly, companies like banished? have made all of Dupont Circle their stage with interactive shows, but for putting on productions on actual stages, other theater companies haven't been able to seek unconventional spaces without a zoning variance from the D.C. Office of Planning. The Anacostia Playhouse will be opening soon but with other theaters in the area shuttering, does D.C. need more spaces for productions or zoning changes so that troupes can use unconventional spaces? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
· D.C. theaters scramble to find new homes. [WaPo]
· Theaters can't find homes? Fix the zoning. [GGW]