Manhattan BP Scott Stringer Joins Theater for the New City's Mortgage Burning Celebration, 1/26


Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has joined the growing list of celebrities and well-wishers attending Theater for the New City's Mortgage Burning on Saturday, January 26, 2013 from 5:00 PM to 7:00 PM at TNC, 155 First Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets (East Village). Other participants will include F. Murray Abraham, David Amram, Charles Busch, Vinie Burrows, City Council Member Rosie Mendez, Assistant Commissioner of Cultural Affairs Kathleen Hughes, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Thunderbird American Indian Dancers and surprise guests.

Stringer will deliver a proclamation in honor of the event.

The gathering will include testimonials, performances, reading of a proclamation from the City Council, and the opening of an art exhibit. The Thunderbird American Indian Dancers will bless TNC's newly-secured permanent home, as they did in 1986 when the theater first moved into its permanent home in the former First Avenue Retail Market Building. A plaque will be unveiled that contains the names of all donors--over 100 in number--who contributed toward the mortgage payoff.

Coinciding with the mortgage event will be the opening of a retro-spectacle, "TNC: 40 Years of Struggle and Triumph," an art exhibit curated by Peter Ketchum with some historical support from Carolyn Ratcliff. It features programs, scripts, and photos of historic TNC productions including plays by Charles Ludlam, Maria Irene Fornes and Sam Shepard.

The two-hour event will be held in the Johnson Theater of TNC, located at 155 First Avenue (at East Tenth Street). The gathering is free to the community, but space is limited so reservations are requested. To reserve your place, please email Jon Weber at or call (212) 254-1109.

The theater's mortgage started out at $717,000 in 1987 and the campaign to pay it off took only three years. With the "Fiscal Cliff" staring the country in the face, the payoff was accomplished by mobilizing over 200 donors. The mortgage campaign had been initiated with a $30,000 gift from the Peg Santvoord Foundation in 2010. This early money notwithstanding, the completed campaign now testifies to the tremendous support TNC enjoys from its community. This year, the final $45,000 was secured. Major donors included Gerald Rupp, the Peg Santvoord Foundation, Aviva Spring, Betsy von Furstenberg, Daniel Rose, Nesbitt Blaisdell. The Peg Santvoord Foundation gave a final $10,000 as a coup de grace.