Arts A Q&A with the guy who’s out there painting the exterior of Annex Theatre’s new digs…
posted by August 29 at 16:15 PMon
…who, it turns out, happens to be Chris Comte, a frequent Slog commenter. We’d never met. He’s the facilities manager and communication coordinator for Annex.
Annex was sort of homeless there for a while. How does it feel not to be homeless anymore?
Well, we’ve been at CHAC for the last two years…
Yeah, but as a theater company you’ve been sort of couch surfing. Is it nice to have a place all your own?
It’s a bigger space and we’ll have more control over it. We can do more programming. Our schedule can be more flexible. The opportunity came up [after their CHAC lease expired] so we decided to see if we could come up with more money to take over this space and managed to do so. We’ll be doing Spin the Bottle [a late-night salon Annex has been doing for years] the first Friday of September, so that’ll be our first show in the space.
Who painted that big logo?
That was made by our graphic designer, Scott Robertson.
Why so much black?
Because it’s cheap and it’s easy, it’s easy to keep clean. Eventually we want to put up an actual marquee, but there are a lot of other things we want to do inside the space first. As facilities manager I wanted something that looked clean and unified.
You think this new location—Pike and 11th—will be good for Annex?
Oh I think it’s a great location. I mean, look at it. It’s one of the most active corners on Capitol Hill right now. There’s going to be a lot of people moving into the neighborhood in the next few years and they’re going to be looking for things to do.
Are you wearing sunscreen?
Nah, I never wear sunscreen. Well, maybe put a little on the tattoos. But that’s it.