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Frank Gehry-Designed Theater Set for 2012 Opening in NYC
Representatives of the New York Theater Community join New York City elected officials for a photo at the site of the new Signature Theater in New York, Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2009. From left are playwright Tony Kushner; actor/director Ruben Santiago-Hudson; NY City Council Speaker Christine Quinn; Signature Founding Artistic Director Jim Houghton; New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg; Related Companies Executive Vice President Bruce Beal; Signature managing director Erika Mallin; playwright John Guare, and actress Hallie Foote. The facility, designed by famed architect Frank Gehry, will include three theaters, rehearsal studios, a cafe and a bookstore. (AP Photo/Boneau/Bryan-Brown, Inc., Steve Shevett.

By: Verena Dobnik, Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK, NY (AP).- A nonprofit theater selling tickets for just $20 is bringing one of the world's most renowned architects to New York's pricey theater district.

An arts center designed by Frank Gehry and originally intended for ground zero will anchor a new complex that will also include apartments with some low-income housing, a hotel, a cafe and a bookstore, the city announced Tuesday.

Despite the recession, the $800 million, 59-story Signature Center "is an example of how our city can keep growing," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a dedication ceremony for the new home of the Signature Theatre Company.

The project will create 700 construction jobs, added the mayor, who wore a hardhat and surgical gloves to symbolically sink his hands into cement at the construction site on 42nd Street and Tenth Avenue.

Amid the clanging noises of work proceeding above and nearby traffic, a jubilant crowd joined playwrights John Guare, Edward Albee and Tony Kushner, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn. She was instrumental in helping finalize the public-private partnership, which allows 160 of the 800 housing units to be reserved for low-income housing.

Time Warner will subsidize the $20 tickets.

About two-thirds of the $60 million needed for the off-Broadway arts complex already has been raised, with the city contributing $25 million for what Bloomberg called "a world-class performance venue."

Tony Kushner, famed for his Broadway production "Angels in America," was chosen as the featured playwright for the first season.

"The American playwriting community has never been more thriving with talent and interest, and no theater serves our community better than Signature does," said the Pulitzer Prize winner.

Gehry, who was not present Tuesday, said in a statement that he believes in Signature's "mission of creating innovative theater" and was looking forward to watching the first performance slated for 2012.

Gehry's work includes dramatic sculptural buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. He won architecture's top honor, the Pritzker prize, in 1989.

The firm Arquitectonica and architect Ismael Leyva are creating the rest of the energy-efficient center being constructed by Related Companies.

The Signature, a 20-year-old independent theater group, was originally one of four arts-linked institutions considered for the World Trade Center site. Three have moved on.

The surviving candidate was an auditorium to be used mostly for dance by the Joyce Theater. Calls to the Joyce and the Lower Manhattan Development Corp., which owns the land, were not returned Tuesday.

The theater company's founder and artistic director, James Houghton, is busy detailing plans for what he called "a home for many diverse writers to create work that engages even more artists and audiences."

The new Signature, now performing elsewhere on 42nd Street, will present the works of major current playwrights as well emerging artists, plus the lifetime achievements of artists from the company's past.

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press.

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