With curtains closing at Manbites Dog Theater, what’s next for the theater scene?

Front exterior of Manbites Dog Theater on Foster Street in downtown Durham. After 31 years, the theatrical company is closing up shop and selling its building. File

The days grow short at Manbites Dog Theater — the physical manifestation, at least.

After 31 years, the long-running Durham theater institution will close its curtains for the final time Sunday night after its current show “Wakey, Wakey” concludes. Manbites management has sold its building for $1.1 million.

Many are lamenting the loss. Since forming in 1987, the company has gained a solid artistic reputation for its willingness to take on new, edgier work. When it moved to 703 Foster St. a decade later, it also became a focal point for other theater companies to stage their productions.

But Manbites’ spirit will live on in new ways. The company’s management has started a “Manbites Dog 3.0” fund, which will underwrite other theatrical efforts in the area. And Bulldog Ensemble Theater, a new company with connections to Manbites, is also starting up.

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