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Historic White Barn Theatre could be torn down

The 147-seat White Barn Theatre in Norwalk is a piece of local history facing the threat of redevelopment, according to its former general manager. The city is holding a hearing Wednesday to consider

News 12 Staff

Mar 2, 2016, 8:33 AM

Updated 3,055 days ago

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The 147-seat White Barn Theatre in Norwalk is a piece of local history facing the threat of redevelopment, according to its former general manager.
The city is holding a hearing Wednesday to consider whether to allow the developer to tear down the structure.
Lucille Lortel, famed for her off-Broadway productions, converted the 1850s-era barn into a theater in 1947.
Mark Graham was Lortel's general manager in the 1970s.
Graham says that the theater fell into financial trouble after Lortel's death in the 1990s. Eventually, a developer bought it. 
The White Barn hasn't hosted a play in more than 10 years, and now Graham says he's afraid the developer will tear it down and redevelop the property.
The Barn's supporters say they plan to ask Norwalk officials to give them time to try and raise enough money to buy the property back and preserve it.


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