CHERRY LANE THEATER
BY: CHRISTI SCOFIELD
24” X 18” Mixed Media on Board
Cocktails & Curiosities Series
On View at Arts & Crafts Beer Parlor NYC
Cherry Lane Theater on Commerce Street is New York’s oldest, continuously operating off-Broadway venue.
If you’ve ever wondered why it is called “off Broadway” since most of the “Broadway” theaters are not actually on Broadway either, here is your answer. It has nothing to do with the location of the theater but with the number of seats in a theater. Broadway theaters must have 500 or more seats and an off-Broadway theater has 100-499 seats. Off-off-Broadway venues have less than 100 seats.
The Cherry Lane Theater has showcased some of the boldest and most innovative productions by playwrights and actors in American theatre history. Luminaries in the pantheon include the writers F. Scott Fitzgerald, Eugene O’Neill, Clifford Odets, Samuel Beckett, Edward Albee and David Mamet.
Learn more in Greenwich Village Tour #1 of the Cocktails and Curiosities New York Walking Tours App Series.