Perishable Theatre stage goes dark

PROVIDENCE, RI – Perishable Theatre in downtown Providence has closed its doors. The theater's website says it has been around for more than a quarter of a century, and it spent the last 18 years on Empire Street.

In a released statement economic woes were blamed for the closing and Perishable will transfer its assets to AS220 starting in January.

Rhode Island Public Radio theater critic Bill Gale said Perishable provided some of the edgiest productions in the state.

"They were always on the edge, they were always far out, and they were very valuable in that light," said Gale. "And it's too bad, I hope AS220 will perhaps bring that back."

Gale said one of Perishable Theatre's greatest contributions was its women's playwright festivals. AS220 said it will allow emerging theatre companies to use the space and put on productions.

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