by Sandi Durell. . .

The York Theatre Company has been a mainstay of remarkable off – Broadway productions for years. Located in St. Peter’s Church at the lower level, on Lexington Avenue & East 54 Street, it was severely damaged when a water main break this week caused extensive damage. James Morgan, Producing Artistic Director, said there was up to two feet of water and mud throughout, including the theater lobby, causing severe damage to ceilings, walls, carpeting and the stage. Surprisingly, new seating that had been installed in recent years remained intact.

A major effort is being made to recover archival files, scripts, lighting equipment, costumes, scenery and 50 years of York Theatre history. Many items need replacement. Many are irreplaceable.

Evans Haile, Executive Director, said, “We are closely working with St. Peter’s Church and the City of New York to address the serious issues at hand.” He went on to add, “We will continue our online programming and will be back producing live theater again as soon as we can reopen, pending the pandemic and major repairs. We welcome donations to help get us back on track. “

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