Anacostia Playhouse Suffers Robbery, Spurs Fundraising Efforts

The Anacostia Playhouse community is reeling after a December 26th robbery in which burglars broke into the theater, ransacked the offices and stole thousands of dollars worth of supplies.

The Anacostia Playhouse. Photo courtesy of Nikki Peele.
The Anacostia Playhouse. Photo courtesy of Nikki Peele.

The Anacostia Playhouse is home to Theater Alliance and rents space to many other performing arts organizations.

The facility, located at 2020 Shannon Place, SE, closed a production of Driving Miss Daisy on December 23rd and is scheduled to open Keith Hamilton Cobb’s An American Moor on January 11th.

A GoFundMe has been started by Nikki Peele, founder of Congress Heights on the Rise, an advocacy group for Ward 8, where the Anacostia Playhouse is located.

Peele says of the campaign: “This GoFundMe campaign is to help replace the equipment and furniture that was stolen or damaged, make repairs, upgrade the security system, install security cameras and to provide the Anacostia Playhouse with funds to support them while they make repairs and recover from this crime. I know it’s the holidays but every single bit counts, please give and share this GoFundMe campaign.”

Theater Alliance lost three computers, a safe, credit cards, an iPad and possibly more.

Incoming Artistic Director Raymond O. Caldwell said of the loss: “As the resident company of Anacostia Playhouse, we are heartbroken by these events. In spite of this happening, we are very proud of our space and our community. We will continue to invite audiences to see and support our work.”

To contribute to the Anacostia Playhouse Robbery Replacement Fund, click here. Funds will go towards the costs accrued by Anacostia Playhouse and also Theater Alliance.

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Nicole Hertvik
A reformed child actor, Nicole got her BA in English literature before wandering the globe for a decade, writing and teaching English in Prague, San Francisco, Buenos Aires, and Paris. She eventually landed in NYC where she received a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from Columbia University and dabbled in theater as an actor, script reader, and dramaturg. Thrilled by the strong and diverse theater community she discovered in Washington, DC, Nicole wakes up every morning excited to contribute to DC Metro Theater Arts and other publications. Nicole studied journalism at Georgetown University and was a 2019 fellow at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center's National Critics Institute. Email:, Instagram: @nicolehertvik, Twitter: @nicolehertvik, Facebook: Nicole Hertvik.


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