121 Christopher St.
New York 10001
The Lucille Lortel Theatre has been in continuous operation as New York's premiere Off-Broadway playhouse since 1955. In 1999 Lucille Lortel granted the Lucille Lortel Theatre to the Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation, establishing a new booking policy of non-profit productions only. Since that time it has housed productions such as Arthur Kopit's Y2K (Manhattan Theatre Company), Shakespeare's Cymbeline (Theatre for a New Audience) and Romeo and Juliet (TheaterworksUSA), Lee Blessing's Cobb (The Melting Pot Theatre Company & Trigger Street Productions), and Noel Coward's Suite in Two Keys (Mirage Theatre Company). The theatre has also been host to numerous benefit performances, readings, and meetings such as: a benefit for the AIDS Theatre Project; an informational meeting regarding 9/11 emergency relief by the New York Foundation for the Arts; and a benefit performance of Watch Your Step, a landmines awareness program sponsored by the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation. In 1990 the theatre was completely refurbished and was established as one of the most luxurious Off-Broadway playhouses in New York City. The productions during the decade included: William Finn's Falsettoland directed by James Lapine; Charles Busch's Red Scare on Sunset, starring Charles Busch, Julie Halston, and Mark Hamilton; Jane Anderson's The Baby Dance starring Linda Purl, Stephanie Zimbalist and Richard Lineback; Terrence McNally's Lips Together, Teeth Apart; Larry Kramer's The Destiny of Me with Piper Laurie and John Cameron Mitchell; John Patrick Shanley's Four Dogs and a Bone with Adam Arkin and Polly Draper; and two plays starring Uta Hagen: Nicholas Wright's Mrs. Klein and Donald Margulies' Collected Stories.