Playwrights Horizons is an Off-Broadway institution dedicated to producing new works from both veteran and aspiring American contemporary playwrights, composers, and lyricists. Founded in 1971, the nonprofit company started at the Clark Center Y and moved to 42nd Street.
The current Playwrights Horizons building is constructed on the site of a former burlesque venue and holds two stages for Off-Broadway productions. The Mainstage Theater has a 198-seat capacity, while the slightly smaller Peter Jay Sharp Theater has 128 seats.
Playwrights Horizons offers a range of developmental programs including script readings and musical theatre workshops. It also houses the Playwrights Horizons Theater School, an affiliate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Playwrights Horizons is closest to the 42nd St. - Port Authority subway stop on the A, C, and E lines. The nearest bus stops are 9 Av./W 42 St. on the M11 and M34A-SBS lines and 10 Av./W 42 St. on the M11 line.
Popular restaurants near Playwrights Horizons include Mémé Mediterranean, include Chez Josephine (French), Serafina (Italian), Pio Pio 8 (Peruvian).