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The first theatrical presentation at the Cherry Lane Playhouse (now the Cherry Lane Theatre) opened on March 24th, 1924: Richard Fresnell’s play, “Saturday Night.” Since then, many plays have been performed, and many a well known name has appeared on the marquis: Barbra Streisand, Judith Ivey, Bruce Willis, Gary Sinise, John Malkovich, James Earl Jones, Cicely Tyson, Colin Quinn, Jesse Eisenberg, Vanessa Redgrave, and Kim Stanley.
Located in one of the most scenic corners of the West Village, where Commerce Street (formerly Cherry Lane) turns to meet Barrow Street, the Cherry Lane Theatre is one of those treasures that we should all be thankful for, and that we should all support. This historic building, once a brewery, was converted to a theater in 1924 by a group affiliated with local resident (and Pulitzer Prize winning poet) Edna St. Vincent Millay. Playwrights including Gertrude Stein, T.S. Eliot, William Saroyan, Edward Albee, Harold Pinter, Sam Shepard, Lanford Wilson, and David Mamet have had their works presented here.
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