The Lyric Stage has secured a new long-term lease with Beacon Communities at 140 Clarendon Street, ensuring that the organization will remain a vital and essential part of the cultural fabric of the city. For decades to come, Lyric Stage will serve the community, bringing to the stage productions that feature Boston’s best local theatrical talent. With 140 Clarendon as its permanent home, Lyric Stage will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2024 at its Back Bay location.
“The playing space of the Lyric Stage is so unlike any other,” says Artistic Director Courtney O’Connor. “The three-quarter thrust means that audience members are able to look each other in the eye, sharing and sometimes contrasting their responses. Because of the intimate links between artists and with audiences in our auditorium, we focus our energies on producing stories about families. The new ownership of 140 Clarendon Street fits our mission completely. For years, we have referred to Lyric Stage as Boston’s theatrical home. I’m glad that the new owners are expanding the number of Bostonians who will literally call the building home.”
“Having an institutional partner like Beacon Communities is a game-changer for us,” adds Executive Director Matt Chapuran. “Working in partnership to create a welcoming environment for the residents of the building will help make Lyric Stage a place of belonging for all Bostonians.”
In partnership with Beacon Communities LLC, the Lyric Stage will continue its commitment to improving the lives of Bostonians alongside a partner who shares those same values. While preserving the existing cultural and commercial uses, Beacon Communities is transforming the upper floors of 140 Clarendon into 211 affordable apartments, half of which will serve people exiting homelessness, with the assistance of the Pine Street Inn. The combined energy of Beacon’s supportive services alongside one of the city’s cultural gems makes 140 Clarendon a paragon of community institutions coming together to make the city a better place for its residents.
“With this first-of-its-kind project in Boston, we are thrilled to be providing access to better quality of life in the Back Bay for many in need of permanent supportive housing,” says Dara Kovel, CEO of Beacon Communities. “We are delighted that this community will ensure that 140 Clarendon will remain the home of the first YW in the nation, and Lyric Stage, a cultural treasure for nearly 50 years, preserving them long into the future.”
Says Mayor of Boston Michelle Wu, “We’re thrilled that Lyric Stage’s home at 140 Clarendon will allow it to continue building on its historic contributions to Boston’s arts community, and the city as a whole. I look forward to seeing this beloved cultural institution continue to thrive and create more opportunities for Bostonians to enjoy and grow our performing arts community.”