Arts Laff Hole! Leaves CHAC
posted by June 19 at 21:19 PMon
As of a couple of hours ago, the The People’s Republic of Komedy (the four-man comedy kibbutz that produces Laff Hole!) is leaving the Capitol Hill Arts Center.
PROK member Kevin Hyder says negotiations to renew their contract have been difficult. (This week’s Theater News has a story about Annex Theatre, another CHAC tenant, which is looking for a new home for the same reason.)
PROK will take Laff Hole, which is becoming more popular despite its creepy name, to Chop Suey.
PROK was happy about its arrangement with CHAC: growing audiences, good press, their financial arrangement (basically a small weekly guarantee). Hyder said CHAC wanted to raise the ticket price from $5 to $7. PROK said no. Then the negotiations began: ticket prices, advances, cuts of ticket sales, and new fees (for, among other things, use of the air conditioner and the house projector).
PROK said fuck it, started talking with Chop Suey, and made a deal to move Laff Hole in July. (PROK will finish out its June commitments at CHAC.)
It’s a shame that the list of performers who’ve left CHAC (usually frustrated) keeps growing—Annex, PROK, Printer’s Devil, Pure Cirkus, etc. CHAC’s main stage, an old auto showroom, is beautiful. Their Lower Level bar is a little performance bar that feels like a clubhouse.
Other theaters keep closing (NWAS, Empty Space) or being taken off regular rental rotation (the Chamber after Velocity acquired it, the Hugo House after it announced its new resident companies).
CHAC should have Capitol Hill all sewn up, should be the place to put on a show.
But people keep walking away from the place.