The Cherry Lane Theatre has been sold for $11 million to The Luciille Lortel Theatre Foundation, under the leadership of Executive Director George Forbes. It is the oldest continuously running Off-Broadway theatre in New York City,
“The Lucille Lortel Theatre Foundation expresses our extreme gratitude to Angelina Fiordellisi for her stewardship of the Cherry Lane Theatre. Through her long standing tenure and leadership, she has helped to propel the work of countless artists and has made the venue a staple of New York City’s cultural life. It has been our great privilege to serve as the managing agent of the theatre under Ms. Fiordellisi’s leadership for the past ten years. The Foundation is excited to expand its footprint and preserve another historic Off-Broadway theatre in Greenwich Village. With the addition of two new stages, we look forward to announcing several new programs shortly, serving more artists, companies and audiences.”…… George Forbes. the Lucille Lortel Theatre is practically around the corner from the Cherry Lane Theatre, located at 121 Christopher Street.
The historic theatre was built as a farm silo in 1817, later served as a brewery, tobacco warehouse and box factory, and finally transformed into a theatre by the vaudevillian actress Evelyn Vaughn, William S. Rainey, Reginald Travers, and Edna St. Vincent Millay in 1923. It was named the Cherry Lane Playhouse.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is located at 38 Commerce Street, between Barrow and Bedford Streets in the West Village. The theatre includes a 179-seat main stage and a 60-seat studio theatre. George Forbes hopes to announce new programming for the Cherry Lane Theatre in the near future.