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Theater Project Enters New Stage On H Street NE
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The Washington Post - Washington, D.C.
Subjects: Acquisitions & mergers; Redevelopment; Theater
Author: Horwitz, Jane
Date: May 28, 2002
Start Page: C.01
Section: STYLE

Jane Lang of the Sprenger-Lang Foundation, a Washington arts underwriter, told Backstage that the organization has put about $450,000 down on the $1.2 million price asked for by the H Street Community Development Corp., the private nonprofit that owns the Atlas. "Once the city agreed to this deal on the mortgage, we were prepared to go forward," Lang said. The District, which holds the mortgage, agreed to reduce the remaining $750,000 principal over 10 years. In turn, Lang agreed that the nonprofit arts complex will make shows and classes affordable for low- and moderate-income residents.

As the unfortunate Rosa Jenkins, [Kamilah Forbes] goes through withdrawal and much more in [Pearl Cleage]'s dirgelike cautionary tale, directed by fellow African Continuum Theatre Company member KenYatta Rogers.

Forbes studied young addicts at a rehab center in New York and observed teen girls on the subway to Harlem. "You see these girls who look like they could be 19, 20, 21, but they're really just confused kids," Forbes said. "They're only 15, 16, 13 -- and they don't have the social tools yet to deal with what's being put in front of them."

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