The Actors' Gang is considering a move.
The pugnacious theater company's Santa Monica Boulevard digs in Hollywood were sold last fall, and the new owner, Jack Khorsandi, wants to charge a rent the troupe can't afford, according to its managing director, Greg Reiner. Negotiations with Khorsandi were continuing last week.
The Gang's lease ends June 30. Preparing for a possible move, company officials have turned to Community Redevelopment Agency staff from the city of Los Angeles and officials from other cities in Los Angeles County, hoping to find a warehouse space that could be converted into a theater. Reiner says the Gang would like to buy a space or work with a city to buy a space. If that possibility doesn't pan out, the Gang would consider staying put, says artistic director Tim Robbins -- but only if Khorsandi raised the rent no more than "slightly" above the current $5,100 a month.
Robbins and Reiner dismiss rumors that Gang co-founder and frequent funder Robbins might transplant the company to a site near his New York City home. "The subject hasn't come up," Reiner says.