Cherry Lane Theatre
Located in Greenwich Village, Cherry Lane Theatre is New York City’s oldest continuously running off-Broadway theater. It officially opened to the public in March 1924, but the building was originally constructed as a farm silo in 1817. Over the next century, it also functioned as a tobacco warehouse and a box factory, before being converted into the Cherry Lane Playhouse by members of The Provincetown Players – an influential collective of artists and theatre enthusiasts. The theatre became a prominent source for absurdist and avant garde performances, particularly in the 1950s and 1960s, even staging the world premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days in 1961. Current owner Angelina Fiordellisi bought the theatre in 1996 and authorised a $3million renovation of the building. The main stage has a 179-seat capacity and the building also holds a 60-seat studio for more experimental works. The Cherry Lane Theatre is currently the home of Primary Stages – a non-profit off-Broadway theatre company which was established in 1984 with a mission to offer an inaugural platform to emerging playwrights.