Photograph by Darrow Montgomery
The black box theater at the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road SE is not remarkable compared to the District’s other black box theaters: Its walls are painted black, its performance space is a small area of the floor, and its generic chairs are on generic risers. But what makes it special is its location—away from the theater-jammed Northwest, in the Anacostia neighborhood—and its affordability to smaller groups. In the past few months, the black box theater has hosted Denim Theatre’s production of Love in the Time of HIV
, IAMAMAN Productions’ Matter of Black
, and Contradiction Dance’s “CODE SWITCH,” shows that prominently featured black performers. And with a space rental rate that starts at $125 for a matinee performance by a nonprofit, to $325 for an evening performance during the weekend, it’s a space that’s open to nearly everyone at a price that allows groups to keep their ticket prices low.