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At the Lyric Hyperion, Silver Lake theater experiments need support

Hyperion Lyric theater in Silver Lake is holding a fundraiser

SILVER LAKE — Spare some change for experimental theater?

The Lyric Hyperion – at the corner of, indeed, Lyric and Hyperion – is having a crowd-funding campaign to fix its 70-year-old theater – $3,000 for a busted air-conditioning compressor, $1,000 for wall and ceiling repairs, up to $1,000 for electrical work, the list goes on.

But an experimental theater’s greatest challenge is bound to be this: Survival. Judging from a profile in LA Weekly, the Lyric Hyperion focuses on the weird, the individual and the unique – sometime instead of the profitable. Events at the theater just over the next few days include a live stage show based off the podcast Fear Based Life, a festival of dance films that are under 10 minutes, and a “grief memoir.”

“As long as it’s servicing a community and as long as it’s pushing boundaries, that to me is the only two things that need to be done,” the owner, Mark Sherman, told the Weekly.

In the fundraising page for the theater, he notes: “Artists and Producers who create content for underserved communities are given the space for more than half off the normal rates and in some cases we offer up our space for free.” He told the Weekly he preferred this to accepting higher offers from “people who want to turn our Saturday nights into a comedy club kind of thing.”

To run a theater like that takes a certain calling. Also, having a non-profit status might help – which Sherman says he’s working on. But at the moment – and this bears repeating – it takes donations.

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