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Cherry Lane provides a nurturing community for playwrights and theater artists, both seasoned and emerging, to work together in revealing the social consciousness of a changed world. In this way, we serve the cultural needs of our larger community of New York City while developing a dedicated, returning audience.

Cherry Lane consists of three distinct theater spaces: The 179-seat Mainstage; the 60-seat Studio Theatre; and the 90-seat Cherry Pit (formerly the Bank Street Theater), which Cherry Lane has recently begun leasing. The three spaces provide unique performance experiences for audience and artist alike - they also allow for myriad programs and plays to occur simultaneously, both from within Cherry Lane's own producing or from its busy rental calendar made up of numerous small to midsize nonprofit companies around New York City.

Schedule of Upcoming Productions

No New Productions Scheduled

Production History

Bhutan  | Open: 11/08/05 Close: 11/19/05
Frances Conroy wonders how she ended up here. Her mother is driving her crazy. Her aunt is stalking a married man. Her brother is in prison. Each day Frances' future drifts farther and farther away. She dreams of Bhutan but can barely find the kitchen door
Cherry Lane Theatre's 12th Annual Mentor Project  | Open: 03/16/10 Close: 05/29/10
3 World-Premiere plays, by 
3 emerging playwrights, mentored by 
3 award-winning playwrights.

Performance dates, directors, initial casting and design team are set for the Cherry Lane Theatre's 12th annual Mentor Project - which includes the world-premiere of three plays by emerging writers: Ruth McKee's STRAY, directed by Giovanna Sardelli (BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO) and mentored by David Henry Hwang, performing March 16th through March 27th; Nate Rufus Edelman's THE BELLE OF BELFAST, directed by Eric Tucker (CLOSER) and mentored by Charles Fuller, performing April 27th through May 8th; and Winter Miller's PATERNITY, mentored and directed by celebrated playwright Craig Lucas, performing May 18th through May 29th,  all at the Cherry Lane Theatre Studio Theatre (38 Commerce Street).

Winner of an American Theatre Wing Award, a Village Voice Obie Award and the Dramatist Guild's James Kirkwood Award for fostering new work by contemporary playwrights, Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project each year pairs a new writer with an established playwright for a season of script development, casting, rehearsal and world-premiere productions of their works for the stage.  Mentor Project has become an important national launching pad for new writers and their plays:  later this year, Mentor Project playwright Sheila Callaghan's play LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING will be presented Off-Broadway in a co-production between Cherry Lane Theatre and the Women's Project, and just last year Cherry Lane presented an Off-Broadway engagement of Deidre O'Connor's critically-acclaimed play JAILBAIT at its third and newest performance space, The Cherry Pit in Greenwich Village.

The Mentor Project continues Cherry Lane Theatre's long and rich history of presenting works by both emerging and seasoned playwrights that reveal the social consciousness of our ever-changing world.  Now 83 years old, and New York's longest, continuously-running Off-Broadway theatre, Cherry Lane is known as "the birthplace of Off-Broadway," and since the 1920's has been home to such iconoclastic writers as O'Neill, Saryan, Auden, Albee, Odets, Orton, Mamet, Lanford Wilson, and many others. 

Girl  | Open: 04/25/06 Close: 05/06/06
This searingly honest story depicts the inner lives of three girls, revealing how they deal with absent fathers, former best friends, sex, drugs, self-abuse and date rape - no one said being a girl was easy.
Hick & Holden  | Open: 01/11/06 Close: 02/17/06
In this romantic comedy, a college student from India comes to the U.S. to study engineering, but ends up getting a first-hand look at the other electives America has to offer, like Sex, Porn, Violence and The Catcher in the Rye.

Also coming up...

MENTOR PROJECT 2006 3 new plays by 3 emerging playwrights
Be there for the first PUBLIC READINGS!

HOODOO LOVE by Katori Hall, mentored by Lynn Nottage
In a southern tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, Toulou escapes from the Mississippi Delta cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, she realizes her dream in a way she could never have imagined.
Public Reading Monday, January 23rd at 2:00pm

LASCIVIOUS SOMETHING by Sheila Callaghan, mentored by Michael Weller. August fled the country to be with his beautiful young Greek bride on a secluded Mediterranean island, where he planted a modest vineyard. Now, Reagan's in the White House, his wife is pregnant, his crop is robust, and he is about to experience his first wine tasting, when a woman in a large-brimmed hat arrives.
Public Reading Monday, January 30th at 2:00pm

GIRL. by Megan Mostyn-Brown, mentored by Theresa Rebeck
This searingly honest story depicts the inner lives of three girls, revealing how they deal with absent fathers, former best friends, sex, drugs, self-abuse and date one said being a girl was easy.
Public Reading Monday, February 6th at 2:00pm

Public Readings are open to the public, $10 suggested donation. Reserve at 212-989-2020

Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, 3 blocks south of Christopher Street, west of 7th Ave.

Hoodo Love  | Open: 04/04/06 Close: 04/15/06
In a southern tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, Toulou escapes from the Mississippi Delta cotton fields, to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, this dream is realized in a way she could never have imagined.
Monty Clift, The Rarest Of Birds  | Open: 07/13/10 Close: 07/21/10
During the filming of Freud in Germany, Director John Huston locked Montgomery Clift in his dressing room to work off his inebriation. Clift ruminates about his life and career, revealing his drug and alcoholic addictions and his struggles with homosexuality.  After five difficult months of filming Freud, Clift finished the picture despite his declining health. Universal sued Clift for thousands of dollars in cost overruns. But an arbitration board ruled in his favor. By then, however, Clift had become the first uninsurable actor in Hollywood. He went on to complete only one more film. Clift died of a heart attack on July 23rd, 1966 at the age of 45.

Nunsense  | Open: 07/01/10 Close: 07/16/10
The 25th Anniversary Revival On its original stage!

NUNSENSE follows the riotous escapades of five nuns from the Little Sisters of Hoboken who realize that one of their own, Sister Julia, Child of God, has accidentally poisoned to death 52 fellow nuns in the convent while the quintet was off playing Bingo.  The show's musical numbers include "Nunsense is Habit-Forming," "So You Want to be a Nun," "The Dying Nun Ballet," "Baking with the BVM" and "Holier Than Thou."

Winner of four Outer Critics Circle Awards, including Best Off-Broadway Musical, Nunsense has become a must-see international phenomenon. It made its Off-Broadway debut at Cherry Lane in 1985 and returns this summer to commemorate its silver anniversary. Join the Sisters of Hoboken as they put on their infamously funny talent show that will surely tap dance its way to your heart.


Paternity  | Open: 05/18/10 Close: 05/29/10
Cherry Lane Theatre's 12th annual Mentor Project.

Mentored by Craig Lucas - author of the plays PRELUDE TO A KISS, RECKLESS and THE DYING GAUL, and a Tony nominee for his book of the musical A LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA - Winter Miller's chaotically funny play PATERNITY is about a woman who wants to have a baby and be a single mother, and the man who happens to love her madly and challenges her decision.  In addition to mentoring Ms. Miller's play, Mr. Lucas will also direct PATERNITY. Two time Tony Award-nominee Daphne Rubin Vega will portray Tina (the youg woman who wishes to become a single mother), additional casting is TBA.

Stray  | Open: 03/16/10 Close: 03/27/10
Cherry Lane Theatre's 12th annual Mentor Project.

Mentored by David Henry Hwang - winner of the 1988 Tony Award for Best Play for M BUTTERFLY, and a Tony nominee in 1998 for GOLDEN CHILD - Ruth McKee's racially charged play STRAY concerns James and Rachel, who seem like the perfect parents: well-educated, successful, middle-class...white. But when their adopted son from Uganda is threatened with expulsion from school, they are confronted with the real challenges of parenting a traumatized child in suburban America.  Directed by Giovanna Sardelli, STRAY has a cast which includes Emily Ackerman (ReENTRY, THIS BEAUTIFUL CITY), Brianne Bergson, Antony Hagopian (FROST/NIXON), Petronia Paley (ON THE WAY TO TIMBUKTU, "Guiding Light"), and Lisa Ramirez (EXIT CUCKOO).

The Belle Of Belfast  | Open: 04/27/10 Close: 05/08/10
Cherry Lane Theatre's 12th annual Mentor Project.

Mentored by Charles Fuller, who won the Pulitzer Prize for A SOLDIER'S PLAY and is the author of the plays ZOOMAN AND THE SIGN and THE BROWNSVILLE RAID, Nate Rufus Edelman's sharp and darkly witty play THE BELLE OF BELFAST is about seventeen-year-old Anne Malloy, who is lost and angry after the tragic killing of her parents to a terrorist's bomb. Like many who suffered and survived during Ireland's "Troubles", she turns to the comforts of her local parish. However, her passion is not for the Church, but for her confessor and confidant Father Reilly, forcing both to re-evaluate where one finds solace and faith during a time of conflict.  Directed by Eric Tucker, THE BELLE OF BELFAST has a cast which includes Evan Thompson (CITY OF ANGESL, 1776), Elvy Yost ("Bandslam" with Lisa Kudrow and Vanessa Hudgens), Katie Fabel (The Irish Rep's ERNEST IN LOVE), Sam Redford (Academy Award-nominated THE HURT LOCKER), and Terry Donnelly (THE YEATS PROJECT).

Turning Page  | Open: 10/11/12 Close: 10/28/12
Geraldine Page’s sparkling career earned her a record-breaking eight Academy Award-nominations and made her one of the most influential American artists of the 20th century, but her personal life was marked by loss and tragedy. Turning Page is the triumphant and heartbreaking true story of one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, written and performed by the person who knew her best: her own daughter.  This funny, moving, and deeply compassionate play is a tribute to an icon we lost too soon as well as a richly woven expression from a daughter coming to terms with her own complicated legacy. 

Quoting from her play, Ms. Page read, “I want to live in the realm of make believe.  Of fire and ice.  Of glittering mystical castles of my own making whenever I choose.  Where I create my own reality.   Even if it is only a fantasy…the theater is where I belong...where else are you encouraged to cheat a little to the left, steal the scene and be the best liar in town.  And there’s the audience, begging to have their breath taken away and their hearts ripped out of their bodies.  They’re just waiting to be killed.  Like lambs to the slaughter.”

The creative team includes Michael V. Moore (Sets and Props) and Eric Marciano (Sound and Video).  The Production Stage Manager is Greg Walczak.