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.