The Shakespeare Theatre Company has settled its dispute with the nonprofit group serving as its de facto landlord.
The parties jointly asked a District of Columbia Superior Court judge this week to dismiss the case after reaching a settlement. The theater company sued Lansburgh Theater Inc., accusing the nonprofit of raising the rent to try to push the theater out of its building in downtown Washington. The theater company's lawyer, Abbe Lowell of Chadbourne & Parke, said via email the settlement would allow the theater to stay in the disputed building "for decades."
"No matter how certain we were of our legal position in resisting any extreme changes to our lease, it is always better to resolve commercial matters without litigation if possible," Lowell said. "We appreciate the willingness of the landlord and its counsel to achieve this result."
The lawyers in the case had been working on a settlement since late last year, when a Superior Court judge granted the theater company’s request to temporarily stay in its building. A lawyer for Lansburgh Theater Inc.'s lawyer, Patrick Conner of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, was not immediately reached for comment.