I wanted you to hear the news directly from me: After nearly 15 years in Crystal City, Synetic will leave its home at 1800 S. Bell St. on April 30, 2024—the conclusion of our 2023–24 Season. This move is at the request of Synetic’s landlord, JBG Smith, and part of the County’s planned, ongoing redevelopment efforts in the neighborhood.
The details of Synetic’s future are still coming into focus, but this much is clear: Synetic will continue as the region’s premier Physical Theater, even in the absence of our permanent home.
Right now, we are focused on serving our community of artists, audiences, and students through the next 10 months, while concurrently working to secure reliable local spaces to continue our work. Already, we are in exciting conversations with venues, artistic partners and presenters. Performances, new work, artist training and education programs will continue, but in the 2024–25 season and beyond, the setting of our work will necessarily change.
We feel this loss deeply and yet we are hopeful. Adaptability and innovation have been a part of Synetic’s DNA from the beginning, when Irina and I first started this company as refugees with pennies and a prayer—and a vision of what could be. And look at all we’ve built together! We are profoundly committed to our art, our artists, and our loyal audience, and we are determined to use this new challenge as an opportunity to grow as an organization and as a community.
P.S. — Many have asked how they might help. Thank you! The entire Synetic team is grateful to the many people who have loyally supported us. We’ll share more soon, but in the meantime, we have five productions and nearly 100 more public and student performances. Cyrano de Bergerac opens July 14, followed by a new production of The Tell-Tale Heart, the Snow Maiden, The Tale of the Fisherman and the Golden Fish, and finally Romeo & Juliet. We hope you’ll join us for all of these productions!