Studio History

The Cherry Lane Studio is a safe haven for the development of new plays. Our programs allow playwrights to hone their work without the pressure of reviews before sophisticated, thrill-seeking audiences who want to discover the bold new voices of today.

All Studio Shows

How We Love/F*ck


Written by Lillian Isabella
Directed by Lorna Ventura 
Produced by Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, Edge in Motion Productions 
Starring: Lindsay-Elizabeth Hand, Lillian Isabella*, Tulis Mccall*, Greer Morrison, and Nancy Sun*
Stand By: Brittany Lee McDonald  
Swing: Erin Richardson 
Assistant Director: Hannah Hall
Set and Lighting Design by Madeleine Hebert
Sound Designer:  Nathanael Brown    
Production Stage Manager: Tyler Danhaus 

Assistant Stage Manager: Daniel Giannone  


Pre-Production Producer: Anna Panova
How We Love/F*ck, a new play from powerhouse playwright/actor Lillian Isabella, is a sex-positive theatre piece in response to the #MeToo movement where she looks to celebrate female sexuality, and how fun sex can be.

The play is inspired by documentary-style interviews with a tribe of 28 diverse female-identifying individuals, ranging from 25 to 89 years old. Through candid monologues created from the interviews, Lillian begins to discover her own sexual agency, the healing power of ecstatic experience, and the importance of sharing this new understanding with the world.
September 25 - October 6, 2019 
**Equity Member appearing with permission of Actors’ Equity Association 

Original Sound


"Compelling, fast-moving new play. At the center of the play is a gorgeous sequence that captures the magic moment when a collaboration clicks."
-- The New Yorker

"Adam Seidel's Original Sound is enthralling, thrilling, accessible and exciting."

"Sway" is the rare piece of fictional art that is as good as everybody says it is."
--New York Times

"It's Sweet Smell of Success for a new age. Exhilarating. Fresh. The writing is impeccable, the performances are superior, and it's electrically presented."


Cherry Lane presents
a world premiere

By Adam Seidel
Directed by Elena Araoz
Music Direction by Daniel Ocanto

With Anthony Arkin, Cynthia Bastidas, Jane Bruce, Sebastian Chacon, Wilson Jermaine Heredia, Lio Mehiel

Set Design by Justin Townsend
Costume Design by Sarita Fellows
Lighting Design by Kate McGee
Sound Design by Nathan Leigh
Casting by McCorkle Casting, Ltd. / Pat McCorkle, CSA & Katja Zarolinski, CSA

Who do you step on to get to the top? A young Nuyorican beat maker calls out a rising pop star for ripping off his track. ORIGINAL SOUND is a fierce, funny, musical journey through the heart of an unforgiving industry.



Cherry Lane Late Nite presents

Notes to Wherever


Judy Frank presents

Notes to Wherever
Written and performed by Judy Frank
Directed by Kathryn Markey

After the death of her husband of forty years, a woman continues to share her life with him through notes - until on this night, in a gesture of letting go, she decides to read them aloud. 

December 11-22

Monday - Wednesday & Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 3pm & 7pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm.
No performance Thursday.

Running time is 90 minutes, no intermission.

Someone Who’ll Watch over Me


Animus Theatre Company presents
By Frank McGuinness
Directed by Alan Langdon
With company members Jonathan Judge-Russo, Michael Broadhurst

An American doctor, an Irish journalist, and an English academic are being held captive abroad, but it isn’t just the terrorists that provide tension. The cramped confines of their cell intensify their national biases and prejudices, fostering internal resentments and recriminations.  They must band together and build a world of fantasy to help keep their sanity… and focus their fight.

November 15 - December 9

Thurs-Sat @7p / Sun @3p

no Thursday, Nov 22nd performance

added Sat, Nov 24th @3p


Running time 2 hours and 30 minutes with one intermission

Tickets $30 / senior and student tickets available through box office.





The First Amendment Project


Wide Eyed Productions presents

The First Amendment Project

November 1, 2 & 3

Wide Eyed Productions has commissioned three incredible playwrights to tackle the importance of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Join us for an evening of sociopolitical insights and reflection brought to you by some of your favorite local theatre artists. A portion of the proceeds to benefit the ACLU.


by Ryan Bernsten | directed by Andrés López-Alicea


by Alice Pencavel | directed by Paul Bedard


by Mac Rogers | directed by Illana Stein  


Run time: 100 minutes   




Cherry Lane Late Nite presents

Hosted by Analisa Velez

Come join the celebration that is School4Legends, where legendary artists express themselves in the rawest form while creating something that inspires growth and community.

The artist prompt for this show is the following:

Write an ode to someone/something you've always wanted to speak to but never had the guts to or didn't have teh chance to meet.

Saturday, October 27 at 7pm

$10 / $13 at the door

Hurricane Party


The Collective NY presents

Written by David Thigpen
Directed by Maria Dizzia

With Kevin Kane, Michael Abbott Jr, Sayra Player, Booker Garrett, Lacy Marie Meyer, Toni Lachelle Pollitt

Set in a southern coastal community in the advent of a major storm Hurricane Party is the love story of Macon and Dana and their mercurial spouses Todd and Caroline. As the storm outside of a debaucherous gathering threatens them with increasing speed the world inside and between them grows equally dangerous leaving us to wonder if there's any such thing as a safe place to hide. 

Previews begin 8/29
Opening Night 9/11
Limited engagement through 10/7 - NOW EXTENDED THROUGH 10/21





TRIGGERED by Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by Kimille Howard
August 2nd - 5th, 2018
An Amoralists Anthology About Surviving an American Epidemic

A survivor of a mass shooting in New York City must confront her trauma, but when her awakening anti-gun activism threatens her relationship with her girlfriend, an NYPD officer, the political becomes deeply personal.

Run Time: 85min

August 2nd 7PM
August 3rd 7PM
August 4th 3PM & 7PM
August 5th 3PM

Alexis Scott 
Isabelle Pierre 
*Annie Henk 
*McCaleb Burnett 

*Appears courtesy Actors Equity Association

Lighting Design - Christina Watanabe
Sound Design - Matt Otto
Costume Design - Angela Harner
Show Art – Danica Novgorodoff

Production Manager - Liz Howard


Power Grid Festival


Cherry Lane Theatre and Dramatists Guild present the Power Grid Festival

Power Grid: A Festival of Puerto Rican Theater Voices is a fundraising festival of 6 play readings by 6 Puerto Rican playwrights. It aims to raise money for "Roots and Action," an organization looking to bring theater and arts education to sectors of the island that have none or have lost them during the post-Maria crisis.

The Launch will take place on July 10.
Readings are July 11 - 14. 

All readings are free. Reservations required

Anxiety Stew


Stewed Productions presents Anxiety Stew

with Nicole Pietrangelo, Camilo Estrada, Alden Gagnon, Scott Duell, Mallory Campbell, John Furey, Nevada Brandt, Jason Tyler Smith and The Stew-Nods

It’s “Groupon Day” in the Upper West Side office of a struggling hippie psychologist specializing in food-relate anxieties, attracting an odd assortment of prospective clients seeking treatment for their peculiar gastric maladies. In the end, a very different and unexpected technology intervenes. The music reflects the eclectic clientele, ranging from swing to rap, country, pop, rock, Cuban folk, reggae and even some chanting. You will be singing these tunes on your way home!

June 11-17

Mon-Weds and Fri at 8:30, Sat at 3:30 and 8:30, Sun at 3:30

Devil of Choice


Cherry Lane Theatre's Company-in-Residence

LAByrinth Theater Company presents
By Maggie Diaz Bofill
Directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

Featuring an All LAB Member Cast
Elizabeth Canavan, Florencia Lozano, and David Zayas

May 23 - June 9
Please note: there is no late seating

All tickets $20

Email questions to RSVP@labtheater.org

About the play: When Pepper and her husband Salvatore meet Delia, a volatile triangle of dark, passionate and comic twists and turns is put in motion. Sal, the hotshot new professor in town teaches Faust: the story of a man who sells his soul to the devil - a cautionary tale that begins to play out in their lives the moment Sal insists Delia become friends with his wife, setting off a chain of events that sends all three down a dangerous path. When faced with your demons, what are the choices you'll make to save yourself? What do you want? What do you deserve? What can you get away with? Devil of Choice.

Production team: Raul Abrego (Scenic Design), Lara De Brujin (Costume Design), Kia Rogers (Lighting Design), Daniel Melnick (Sound Design), Melisa McGregor (Composer/Musician). LAB Line-Producers: David Anzuelo, Neil Tyrone Pritchard, Sidney Williams




Sextant Productions
adapted for the stage by Andrew Visnevski
directed by Drigan Lee
Will Dagger, Isabella Knight, Matt Kuyawa, Drigan Lee, and Desiree Staples
Set design by Marek Pavlovski
Costume design by Jeremy Floyd
Lighting design by Miriam Nilofa Crowe
A man is arrested by an unidentified authority for an unnamed crime. Joseph K is constantly harassed, persecuted and punished. He tries to make sense of his circumstances but finds no assurances, no relief. His appeals are squashed. He is forced not only to find his way out of a cruel labyrinth that offers no clues for escape but also to assess his own responsibility for what unfolds.
A strange, comic and poignant tale of one man’s absurd quest to be given the rights of a citizen and afforded the dignity of a human being.
April 19-22 at 7pm, with a matinee on April 22 at 2pm
April 25-29 at 7pm, with a matinee on April 29 at 3pm
May 2-5 at 7pmMay 6 matinee at 3pm
Tickets $20-$30
Running time: TBA

New works by The New School’s 2018 class of MFA Playwrights


The School of Drama at The New School, College of Performing Arts
in partnership with Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project

New works by The New School's 2018 Graduating Class of MFA Playwrights: 

Tuesday April 3rd 
Nikhil Mahapatra, American Hunger
Directed by Lisa Peterson
Lisa D'Amour, Thesis Advisor
Wednesday April 4th
Karina Billini, 2144 South St.
Directed by Jose Zayas
Martyna Major, Thesis Advisor
Thursday April 5th
Erica Mann, Ditmas Park
Directed by Ralph Pena
Hannah Bos, Thesis Advisor
Friday April 6th
Blake Bishton, Extremadura
Directed by Tony Speciale
Halley Feiffer, Thesis Advisor
Cherry Lane will host the presentation of these new works in our Studio theater during the run of the 2018 season of Mentor Project, our OBIE Award-winning new play development series. These plays were developed with support from The Lark Play Development Center, under the guidance of industry mentors Hannah Bos, Lisa D’Amour, Halley Feiffer and Martyna Majok. 

Butterside Down


In the aftermath of Liv's untimely death, her boyfriend, Adam, her best friend Cat, and her sister Sally negotiate everything from a raucous wake to releasing her worldly goods to the Jewish Women's League. Running the gauntlet of the five stages of grief, the thirtysomething trio competes for who ranks highest on The Grief Meter, reveal hidden unspeakable truths, and fail to agree on epitaphs and the allocation of earrings. Ending up in cupboards, on trains, and in the empties Indian restaurant in England, Butterside Down explores how the young are ill-equipped to lose each other. And whether, when you've lost the love of your life, your sense of humor can keep you alive. 





Three new plays from Italy performed in repertory

Enrico IV - a Monologue by Luigi Pirandello, translated by Gloria Pastorino, World Premiere adaptation by Laura Caparrotti and Rocco Sisto, with Rocco Sisto*

*appearing Courtesy of Actors Equity Association

A Story of Love and Soccer by Michele Santeramo, translated by Peter Speedwell, World premiere, with Eric Gravez and Dave Johnson. 

The Journey I Never Made by Paolo Bignami, translated by Carlotta Brentan, World Premiere, with Carlotta Brentan and Paloma Pillar

Entire program directed by Laura Caparrotti and presented by Kairos Italy Theater.

New York's preeminent Italian Theater Company, Kairos Italy Theater (KIT) presents a month of never-before-seen Italian theater in repertory at the Studio at Cherry Lane, Nov 7 – Dec 3rd 2017. Three timely pieces by Italian authors tackle the question of perception, alienation and integration and its consequences in different social and geographical contexts.

The pieces will be presented in repertory on alternate dates, featuring a world premiere adaptation of Enrico IV by Luigi Pirandello, adapted by Laura Caparrotti and Rocco Sisto – featuring Rocco Sisto (Broadway’s The King and I) - alternating with a double-bill of one-acts: A Story of Love and Soccer by Michele Santeramo and The Journey I Never Made by Paolo Bignami.

Cherry Lane School 2017


Cherry Lane Theatre presents

October 16 - 28

Individual events are $30 for the first session, $20 each additional class* 

The panel discussions are FREE. To register, visit our event calendar. 

*After registering for the first class, look for an email with a code to be used for discount on all additional classes!


Schedule of classes

October 16 at 7pm FREE! PLAYWRIGHT PANEL featuring Sheila Callaghan (Princess Grace Award, Susan Smith Blackburn Award, Whiting Award, Cherry Lane Mentor Project mentor, and author of Lascivious Something produced by the Women's Project and Cherry Lane, originally developed in Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Sarah Einspanier (The Convent of Pleasure at Cherry Lane Mentor Project), Paola Lázaro (Tell Hector I Miss Him at Atlantic Theater Company), Migdalia Cruz (Awards include Helen Merrill Distinguished Playwright Award, Kennedy Center's Fund for New American Plays. Over 50 plays include Another Part of The HouseThe Have-littleSALT), and more. This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please click here to reserve your seat.


October 23 at 7pm FREE! DESIGNING WOMEN PANEL moderated by Victoria Myers (editor-in-chief of The Interval) and featuring Costume Designer Dede Ayite (Upcoming: Jesus Hopped The A Train at Signature), Sound Designer Jill BC Du Boff (Hand To God on Broadway), Lighting Designer Peggy Eisenhauer (3-time Tony Award recipient), Scenic Designer Rachel Hauck (Upcoming: Latin History For Morons on Broadway), and Lighting Designer Porsche McGovern (We Are Proud To Present... at Playmakers Repertory Company). This event is FREE, but registration is required. Please click here to reserve your seat.

October 24 at 7pm WRITING MASTER CLASS with Matt Williams, creator of the hit TV series "Roseanne" and "Home Improvement". 

About this course
THE DNA OF STORYTELLING will be built around questions from the audience, addressing issues such as dramatic structure, creating memorable characters, auditory vs. visual approaches to storytelling, as well as tackle the basic question: What makes a story compelling?  Examples will be given and the class will be asked to participate in exercises, creating a basic plot line for a TV Pilot, a Film and a Play.


October 25 at 3pm WRITING WORKSHOP with Webb Wilcoxen, (LAByrinth Theater Company; Musical: Cynthia and the Dreadful Kite). 

About this course
Writing plays is a journey of discovery, and the first step begins with character. Through a series of guided exercises and writing prompts, students will be introduced to practical ways of developing and exploring characters from the inside-out, using their bodies, voices and minds to connect emotions with imagination and living through the stories they wish to tell.


October 25 at 6:30pm ACTING SEMINAR with Lynn Cohen, (TV: "Sex in the City," Film: The Hunger Games. Drama Desk and Lortel nominations and recently seen at Cherry Lane in Horton Foote's The Traveling Lady). 

October 26 at 3-5:15pm PLAYWRITING MASTER CLASS with Janet Neipris, Professor Emeritus of Graduate Playwriting and Screenwriting, Department of Dramatic Writing, NYU's Tisch School of the Arts; author of To Be a Playwright and Master Class in Dramatic Writing, pub. 2016.

About this course
THE ESSENTIALS OF WRITING A PLAY including, Finding your Subject, The 
Habits of Successful Playwrights, Complex Characters, Escalating your Plot, Dialogue, Endings, Checkpoints, and Lessons from Masters, including in class exercises.

October 26 at 7pm MASTER CLASS IN PREPARING FOR THEATER AUDITIONS with casting director Kate Murray, casting director, The Public Theater and Cherry Lane's Mentor Project

About this course
With a focus on audition preparation, Kate will work with students on a contemporary scene which will be assigned in advance. Students will be sent a scene as well as the entire play the scene appears, and it is asked that students read the entire play in advance of class. The class is a cumulative experience; students will be learning from each other, so it is asked that all students plan on staying for the entire class. This class is for educational purposes only and will not secure or provide opportunity for employment. 


October 27 at 2pm MOVEMENT WORKSHOP with David Anzuelo, (LAByrinth Theater Company).

About this course

The Personal Alchemy workshop is a workshop designed for actors/artists to access and connect the energies of their mind and bodies in a way that is not usually presented in most academic institutions and theater conservatory programs. I have been developing this workshop for over 13 years and have found it to be beneficial and invigorating to participants time and time again. This is not a dance or workout class. This is not “physical improvisation”.

This is a combination of Eastern and Western approaches to body and energy work. I have taken my training as a martial artist (2nd degree black belt –Taekwondo); my experience with Japanese Butoh dance and Chinese Qi Gong and created a hybrid that works for the contemporary theater artist.

It is very physical, demanding and emotionally charged. This workshop is custom tailored to serve actor/artists. I discuss the evolution of the human condition; the origins of theater traced back to Paleolithic mankind; the innate need for migration and movement and the Dionysian Mysteries that connect the modern actor to a spiritual tradition that is their legacy.

It specifically works toward the goals of building a peak collective experience for an ensemble, so that deep bonds of trust and support are instilled. A “group mind” is constructed and a “short-hand” emerges that allows for maximum co-operation /performance during production rehearsal.


Workshop Format :


          •        Introduction:  The group forms a large circle. Each participant is asked to answer 3 questions: what is their name; where they are from and what is their experience with movement or sports.

          •        The participants are lead in Qi Gong exercises to raise energy. The style of Qi Gong used is Dragon’s Gate. This is another approach to voice work that is complimentary with traditional theater technique.

          •        After the Qi Gong, the actors are lead in a vigorous and comprehensive yoga/taekwondo physical warm-up.

          •        Once warmed-up, floor work begins.  This is done in pairs and one at a time.  Elemental images are used as imagination -fuel: Sky-diving/changing into eagles; living mountains; and glacier migrations.  A variety of music is used: Rock; bluegrass; psychobilly; funk; and soundscores from various films.

          •        After the participants are made physically tired, the alchemical section begins.  This is a 4 parts section that allows the participants to grapple with concepts of their artistic-spiritual Birth/Death/Rebirth and Eros energies. This part can evoke powerful emotional responses.  A place of safety is fostered so that emotional risk may take place. The event has proven shamanic and liberating.

          •        The warm-down section is next. This is partnered guided massage.

          •        The circle is reformed and closing statements by participants may be made.

David has given this workshop at NYU, Columbia University; Bard College; DePaul University; Connecticut College and Labyrinth Theater Company and Intar.  


October 27 at 6pm ACTING WORKSHOP with Angelina Fiordellisi, Founder of Cherry Lane Alternative, star of Broadway's Zorba and recent Off-Broadway: The Traveling Lady and Out of the Mouths of Babes at Cherry Lane).

About this course
In existentialism, authenticity is the degree to which one is true to one's own personality, spirit, or character, despite external pressures; the conscious self is seen as coming to terms with being in a material world and with encountering external forces, pressures, and influences which are very different from, and other than, itself. 
Let's explore how this applies to our work as actors. Please prepare one 3 to 5-minute monologue or scene.


October 28 at 12pm ACTING WORKSHOP with Portia (LAByrinth Theater Company. NYC: The Way Way WestQueen for a Day). 

About this course
SYNCING CHARACTER: a process that explores opening the instrument through music and dance in a way that allows the Actor and Character to dialogue and exist on a deeper intimate level of awareness in the body. We will use these rhythms and colors to inform us how to live and move and to score the text.
This class requires vigorous movement/dance for a great deal of time. Participants should bring the following: 
Water (lots)
Snack/Food (blood sugar)
Clothes to move and sweat in. Footwear is important
Something to take notes


The Bench



Golden Globe Nominated CHRIS NOTH
Drama Desk, Obie, and Olivier Award-winner BARRY SHABAKA HENLEY
and Cherry Lane Theatre 

Inspired by Real People and True Stories
Written and performed by Robert Galinsky
Directed by Jay O. Sanders

Based on true stories, The Bench, set in urban decay and rubble, explores the emotional heartbreak of five homeless characters and the catastrophic hysteria surrounding AIDS in the 1980s. The sparse set is accented with hand-drawn imagery, from Daphne Arthur's graphic novel adaptation of the play, and audio design is by world renowned composer and multi-instrumentalist Deep Singh

October 15 - December 17
Playing Sundays at 7pm
Exceptions: NO Performances on November 5 and December 3

The show runs 65 minutes, no intermission

More info at thebenchplay.com

I Lost You There


Bahr None Productions in association with Cherry Lane Late Nite presents

I Lost You There
(A humorous exploration of a most unfunny subject.)

Written and performed by Iris Bahr
(Winner Lucille Lortel Award: Best Solo Performance for DAI)

Directed by Andrew Russell

October 3rd - 14th


LAB25: Full Circle



Cherry Lane's Company in Residence
LAByrinth Theater Company presents

LAB25: Full Circle
A six-day celebration of all things LAByrinth, past present and future, with a twist!


If Only


the american vicarious presents

If Only
By Thomas Klingenstein
Directed by Christopher McElroen
Featuring Melissa Gilbert, Richmond Hoxie, Mark Kenneth Smaltz, and Korinne Tetlow

Scenic design by William Boles; costume design by Kimberly Manning; lighting design by Becca Jeffords; and sound design by Andy Evan Cohen; and properties design by Carrie Mossman. Casting by Stephanie Klapper.

If Only explores a love and a racial equality that might have been. In 1860 Abraham Lincoln came to New York City where he befriended a well-educated ex-slave, and a young, spirited woman from New York’s social class. In the middle of the Civil War, Lincoln brought them together. A romantic relationship ensued but one that neither could acknowledge. Now, thirty-six years later they meet again. They long for each other. For what might have been had Lincoln lived. His assassination changed forever their fate and the fate of a nation.

August 19 - September 17

Lucie Pohl: Hi, Hitler


Written and performed by Lucie Pohl

Presented by Great Pretender, Rebecca Crigler and David De Almo

German-Jew. Immigrant. Alien. Lucie Pohl's Hi, Hitler tells the story of a German-Jew, who grows up in a wild family of artists, is fascinated by der Führer from age four and uprooted from Hamburg to NYC at eight. As Bertolt Brecht’s real-life-grand-niece, Lucie yearns for normalcy, but being different seems to run in her bloodline and escaping her inherited high-drama-destiny might just be impossible. A pinch of Hitler, a cup of hip hop and a dash of Hasselhoff.

July 11 - 30, Tuesday - Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 2pm

More info at hihitlershow.com

in a word


in a word is a New York Times Critics' Pick!

"make like a tree and root out a ticket" - The New York Times


Cherry Lane's Company in Residence


in a word
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Tyne Rafaeli

With Justin Mark, José Joaquin Perez, Laura Ramadei

Producing Directors: Daniel Abeles, Nate Miller
Scenic and Lighting Design: Oona Curley
Costume Design: Andrea Hood
Sound Design: Stowe Nelson

Today is the two-year anniversary of Fiona's son's disappearance, and still, nothing makes sense to her. Not her blasé husband, the incompetent detective, or the neighborhood kidnapper who keeps introducing himself in the checkout line. As Fiona delves back into her memories of that fateful day to uncover that crucial missing piece, grief and comedy collide, and ordinary turns of phrase take on dangerous new meanings.

June 16 - July 8



I Lost You There


Cherry Lane's Late Nite in association with Rebecca Crigler presents 

I Lost You There

A humorous exploration of a most unfunny subject.

Written and Performed by Iris Bahr
(Winner Lucille Lortel Award: Best Solo Performance for DAI)

Directed by Andrew Russell

I Lost You There explores how death is viewed and experienced through different occupations, personal attitudes and cultural norms. Through her unique brand of witty pathos, Bahr brings to life touching and hilarious characters whose lives interconnect in surprising ways, shining the light on the one aspect of our existence that we all have in common.

May 23 - 28, Tuesday - Friday at 7pm, Saturday and Sunday at 3pm & 7pm

Running time: 65 minutes



Iris Bahr is an award-winning writer, actor, director and producer.  Her critically-acclaimed solo show, DAI (enough), had an extended hit run Off-Broadway, and won the prestigious Lucille Lortel Award for Best Solo Performance, as well as two Drama Desk and UK Stage Award nominations. She has performed DAI around the world, including at the United Nations for over 100 ambassadors and delegates. Her first solo show, Planet America, received an LA Weekly nomination for Outstanding Solo Show and is currently in development as a feature film. 

As a stand up comic, Ms. Bahr has performed both in the US and abroad and was chosen as one of the New Faces at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival. She continues to perform regularly in NYC.

Iris has written two humorous memoirs, Dork Whore (Bloomsbury) which was also a bestseller in Europe and its sequel Macchu My Picchu (Skirt). Her books have been translated into German, Portuguese and Italian. She is currently writing a  book with the comedian JB Smoove, based on his character Leon fromCurb Your Enthusiasm

Having appeared on numerous TV shows, Ms. Bahr is best known for her TV series Svetlana, which she also wrote, directed and executive produced for Mark Cuban's Hdnet, and her recurring role on Curb Your Enthusiasm, where she plays the Orthodox Jewish Girl that gets stuck on a ski-lift with Larry David. She recently recurred on The Brink (HBO), and just filmed Blunt Talk with Patrick Stewart. (Full list of TV and film credits available on imdb.com). Her web series, Preggo Tips! which has her alter ego Rae Lynn Caspar White providing pregnancy tips to the masses, has gotten over 3 million view on YouTube. 

Nollywood Dreams


Nollywood Dreams

By Jocelyn Bioh
Mentored by Branden Jacobs-Jenkins
Directed by Saheem Ali

with Nyahalé Allie, Kelechi Ezie, Washington Kir, Nana Mensah, Irungu Mutu, Dorcas Sowunmi

Arnulfo Maldonado, Scenic Design; Dede Ayite, Costume Design; Chris Thielking, Lighting Design; Mat Otto, Sound Design; Dominique Fawn Hill, Associate Costume Design; Addison Heeren, Property Master

Michael Denis, Stage Manager; Lauren Graneto, Assistant Stage Manager; Sean Gorski, Production Manager; Brendan Spieth, Technical Director

April 25 - May 6

Esa’s Table


Esai's Table

By Nathan Yungerberg
Mentored by Stephen Adly Guirgis
Directed by Danya Taymor

with Caleb Eberhardt, Hampton Fluker, Eden Marryshow, Ashton Muñiz

Kristen Robinson, Scenic Design; Tilly Grimes, Costume Design; Barbara Samuels, Lighting Design; Mat Otto, Sound Design; Patience Lekien, Illustrator; Addison Heeren, Property Master

Carolyn Reich, Stage Manager; Sharon Suh, Assistant Stage Manager; Sean Gorski, Production Manager; Brendan Spieth, Technical Director

March 22 - April 1

Mentor Project 2017




Read about the MP '17 Artists and Plays HERE

The Siblings Play


The Siblings Play
By Ren Dara Santiago
Mentored by Lucy Thurber
Directed by Jenna Worsham

with Juan Castano*, Erin Cherry*, William Gaffney, Monica Rae Summers Gonzalez*, Jesse J. Perez*

Angelica Borrero-Fortier, Scenic Design; Anna Blazer, Costume Design; Zach Blane, Lighting Design; Daniel Melnick, Sound Design; UnkleDave's Fight-House, Fight Director; Addison Heeren, Property Master

Angela Perez*, Stage Manager; Roxanne Goodby, Assistant Stage Manager; Sean Gorski, Production Manager; Brendan Spieth, Technical Director

February 22 - March 4

The Mushroom Cure


Cherry Lane welcomes a guest production to our Studio theater

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. Directed by Jonathan Libman, this is the true tale of Adam's attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics after all conventional remedies had failed. 
"Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” - The New York Times
★★★★ (Critics' Pick) “Riveting... A true-life tour de force” - Time Out New York 
★★★★ “Hugely intelligent.” - The Scotsman 
★★★★ "A revelation" - Broadway Baby
Winner - New York Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance

The Mushroom Cure


Cherry Lane welcomes a guest production in our Studio

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. Directed by Jonathan Libman, this is the true tale of Adam's attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics after all conventional remedies had failed. 
"Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” - The New York Times
★★★★ (Critics' Pick) “Riveting... A true-life tour de force” - Time Out New York 
★★★★ “Hugely intelligent.” - The Scotsman 
★★★★ "A revelation" - Broadway Baby
Winner - New York Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance


Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology. Directed by Jonathan Libman, this is the true tale of Adam's attempt to treat his debilitating OCD with psychedelics after all conventional remedies had failed. 
"Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” - The New York Times
★★★★ (Critics' Pick) “Riveting... A true-life tour de force” - Time Out New York 
★★★★ “Hugely intelligent.” - The Scotsman 
★★★★ "A revelation" - Broadway Baby
Winner - New York Fringe Festival Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance

Carrying Helen


MareHa Productions in collaboration with eyeBLINK presents

Written and performed by Marianne Hardart
Directed by Elena Kritter

Derek Van Heel
Lighting Design

Daniela Hart
Sound Design

Karine Plantadit, Brandon Richardson, Whitney Glandon

Whitney Glandon, Brandon Richardson

Joe Giallombardo

Casey Burden
Stage Manager

Danitra Faithe
General Manager

Elena Kritter
Associate Producer

Ana Wu
Understudy Dancer


January 6 - 15


Mentor Project 2017 Announcement Night


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Cherry Lane welcomes this guest production:


Written By Paula J. Caplan

Directed By Alex Keegan

With Ashley Wren Collins, Carson Lee, Hal Robinson, Holly Walker

Critics have called this gripping drama moving and meaningful in the way it grapples with crucial contemporary issues, particularly the question of allegiance to one's country. In light of recent events, the story has become more relevant than ever. It deals emotionally and honestly with the human toll of war and sacrifice, its memories and impact. As this show demonstrates, the clearest way to understand cataclysmic events is through the prism of individual lives. This family goes through major upheavals and ultimately grows closer, healing each other through caring, service, connection and love. Their own stories are interweave the deeply personal with the historical. Shades will start crucial conversations amongst its viewers that are sure to deepen our understanding of each other. 

How do people who love each other hold on to their relationships when they are at opposite poles politically and have painful secrets from each other? Can you be a good American if you don't like what your government is doing? How do history, society, and trauma drive people apart, and what brings them together?

Cherry Lane School 2016


Cherry Lane School 2016 is our second annual education initiative featuring a week of panel discussions and workshop sessions with leading figures in professional theater.

This year's series is dedicated to the memory of Edward Albee.


Join us for a free event to launch the week!

Tuesday, October 25, 8pm:



This conversation among playwrights features former and upcoming mentors from Cherry Lane's OBIE Award-winning new play development program Mentor Project, now in its 19th season.

Stephen Adly Guirgis (Pulitzer Prize, BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY) and Lucy Thurber (OBIE Award, THE HILL TOWN PLAYS) will serve as 2017 mentors.

Rajiv Joseph (BENGAL TIGER AT THE BAGHDAD ZOO, THE GUARDS AT THE TAJ), was mentored in 2005, and returned in 2016 to serve as a mentor.

Anton Dudley (CITY OF) was mentored in 2003.

Reservation required



2016 Class Schedule

First class is $30, additional classes are $20*

Enroll now

*When you enroll for your first class, we will email you a Class Pass code, which can be used for discounted tickets to all future purchases. The Class Pass code is non-transferrable and the limit is one ticket per class. 


Monday, October 24, 6pm:

Conversation with legendary Broadway producer Elizabeth McCann, moderated by veteran NYC theater producer and manager Julie Crosby



Julie Crosby has been behind over 50 productions in both the commercial and non-profit sectors, including the U.S. and European tour of Laurie Anderson's SONGS AND STORIES FROM MOBY DICK, Broadway's Tony Award-winning musical BLACK AND BLUE, Nobel Laureate Elfriede Jelinnek's JACKIE and Israel Horovitz's OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES at Cherry Lane. She was honored with the Lilly Award for Outstanding Producing in 2013.



Tuesday, October 25, 6pm:

The DNA of Storytelling: writing for film, television and the stage with MATT WILLIAMS

Matt Williams is a playwright and writer for television and film, and is the creator and executive producer of the hit series "Roseanne" and the co-creator and executive producer of "Home Improvement," one of the most successful programs in television history. 

Elements of Storytelling will explore the differences and similarities of writing for television, film and stage.  The class will be built around questions from the audience, addressing issues such as dramatic structure, creating memorable characters, auditory vs. visual approaches to storytelling, as well as tackle the basic question: What makes a story compelling?  Examples will be given and the class will be asked to participate in exercises, creating a basic plot line for a TV Pilot, a Film and a Play.



Wednesday, October 26, 1-3pm:

Writing from the Outside In with WINTER MILLER

Winter Miller writes plays and works with writers to unblock the blocks and unstick the sticks to tell the story waiting within. For more information, www.wintermiller.com. Her plays include: SPARE RIB, IN DARFUR, THE PENETRATION PLAY, LOOK AT US and more. She has lectured and led workshops in many settings--universities, high schools, refugee camps, living rooms, city parks. Winter is a 2016 NYFA awardee, a New Georges Affiliate and an alum of CLT's Mentor Project.

Writing from the Outside In will expore what happens to your writing if an unexpected character walks into your play--someone you, the writer doesn't know--then what? An experimentation with the unknown known, you know? 



Wednesday, October 26, 6-8pm:

Monologue Workshop / Auditioning for Theater with casting director HOWARD CHERPAKOV

Howard Cherpakov's Broadway credits include Steve Martin and Edie Brickell's musical BRIGHT STAR (2016 Outer Critics Circle Award for Best Musical), NEXT FALL, THE SEAFARER, CHICAGO, and ANNIE GET YOUR GUN. Upcoming: the west coast premiere of OCTOBER SKY. www.hcccasting.com 

In this workshop, each student will present a “go to” monologue of their choice (or something they are in the process of working on for audition purposes) for on your feet work and constructive feedback.  Followed by a Q & A/group discussion aimed at demystifying the casting process-the do’d & dont’s- and insight from the other side of the table about issues surrounding working in the professional theatre. 

Please come prepared with a 2 minute contemporary monologue-as well as any specific questions you might have and/or topics you want to discuss.



Thursday, October 27, 1-3pm

Acting seminar with TONYA PINKINS




Thursday, October 27, 6pm:

Conversation with HAMILTON publicist SAM RUDY

Sam Rudy has served as a publicist for countless plays and musicals in NYC and around the country for 35 years, representing the works of Edward Albee, Paula Vogel, Nicky Silver, Rajiv Joseph, and Israel Horovitz among others. He is currently the publicist for HAMILTON and Cherry Lane Theatre. 



Thursday, Octobr 27, 8pm:

Playwriting workshop with TINA HOWE

Tina Howe's career as a playwright spans more than three decades. Her best-known works are PAINTING CHURCHES, COASTAL DISTURBANCES, PRIDE'S CROSSING, BIRTH AND AFTER BIRTH, MUSEUM and APPROACHING ZANZIBAR. 

Let’s examine your sources of inspiration – what you long to put on the stage that’s uniquely yours – the flights of fancy, confessions, and tricks you have up your sleeve to move and entertain an audience, as well as yourself.

Towards that end we’ll begin by discussing a passage from Carl Jung’s autobiography, Dreams, Memories, Reflections in which he describes carving a little manikin about two inches long, dressing him in a frock coat, top hat, and shiny black boots, then placing him in a pencil box hidden under the eaves in the attic – a secret soul he could commune with when he felt overwhelmed. Much later in life he realized making him was all about “the breath of life” – “the creative impulse”.

Jung exercised his creativity by carving and dressing a wooden homunculus in three dimensions, whereas we rely on words -- but the impulse to find meaning and transcendence is eerily similar.

So let’s talk about what you want to bring to the theater that’s just as secret and utterly yours. And what this gift offers you... as well as demands in return.


Friday, October 28, 3pm

How to Adapt Your Stage Play into a Screenplay with RICHARD VETERE

Richard Vetere is a playwright, novelist and scrweenwriter who has adapted much of his work for film and television, including his novelThe Third Miracle for Sony Picture Classics, starring Ed Harris, his play The Marriage Fool for CBS TV films starring Walter Matthau and Carol Burnett, which was the most watched TV movie ever, and his play How to Go Out on a Date in Queens for A&E starring Jason Alexander .  He has written adaptations of his plays for Paramount; ABC, CBS, George Clooney, Warner Brothers and New Line Cinema.  

How to look at your play as a movie.  How to overcome the difficulty of re-inventing your own stage play.  Asking yourself the difficult questions -- What characters to keep and what characters to introduce.  How to expand your original vision without losing it and of course, what dialogue to keep and what to lose.  What are tricks and what to avoid at all cost.




Friday, October 28, 6:30-10:30pm

The Divine Act: to think or not to think, acting seminar with ANGELINA FIORDELLISI

Angelina Fiordellisi is Founding Artistic Director of Cherry Lane Theatre. As an actor her credits include OUT OF THE MOUTHS OF BABES, CATCH THE BUTCHER at Chery Lane, SNOW ORCHID, BLITHE SPIRIT, ZORBA on Broadway.

In this course of study, the intent is to synthesize intellect, body, heart and spirit in the development of multi-dimensional character as we explore the hidden determinants of human behavior. We'll discover the healing, joyful, thrill of acting by connecting to our divine force and easily accessing the freedom to be fully present as we participate in any given moment on stage.  "The first creative task is to free the body to experience the power of being." -- Gabrielle Roth.  






























Collected Shorts by Theresa Rebeck


Animus Theatre presents

Collected Shorts By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Pamela Adlon:

Collected Short Plays: The Bar Plays, Does This Woman Have a Name?, Katie and Frank, The Funeral Play, Deliver Me.

A bar, a restaurant, the office, the bedroom; these are the places where the real conversations happen. There are plenty of deep wells, and whether we fall in or find that we've been pushed, it falls on us to dig ourselves out.  They're the most important fights. The ones that prepares us for all the others. The ones we need to fight to balance who we are and who we need to be.

Running time: 2 hours, including one 15-minute intermission

October 7th- October 23rd; Performances are Wednesday through Saturday at 7pm, and Saturdays at 3pm and Sundays at 2pm.

Regular ticket price: $21.00

For more information please visit www.animustheatre.org

Toscana, Or What I Remember


Teatro Italiano Network presents

Toscana, or What I Remember 
By Marta Mondelli
Directed by Tara Elliott
With Scott Barton*, Nicole Kontolefa, Marta Mondelli, and Lance Olds*

The Tuscan countryside is a nostalgic place for Emma. Her childhood haunts her during her visit for her dad's funeral, but  when she and her husband Fred-- paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident-- encounter another couple by poolside of their sleepy hotel, they all begin to question the people they've chosen to spend their lives with. Over the course of one day, Emma struggles to reconcile her past with her present, while Sue, Larry and Fred seek for something to jolt them out of the habits of love that have dulled them. Some things change, some things stay the same. Some things weren't real to begin with. 

September 15 - October 1

*These actors are appearing thanks to Actors' Equity Association



PeachPie Productions presents

Written and Directed by Celeste Makoff
Musical arrangements by Trevor Bumgarner
Choreographed by Kaitlyn Moise

With Lindsay Gitter, Caleb Schaaf, Andy Dispensa, Rylee Doiron,  Lynnsey Lewis, Robert DiDomenico, Chandler James, Alexis Ebers, Ivy Idzakovich, Marisa Roper, Rachel Ferretti, Cara Treacy, and Kaitlyn Moise

In the world of Crashlight, tens of millions of people in a dystopian/Orwell-esque future have only three minutes of sunlight a day. This small amount of light is controlled by a fascist dictator, Marcus Pressi; a master of propaganda, a master of power and control by censorship. Rian, an illegal violin maker in the dark leaves her home and two sisters after discovering that "someone in the sky hides the light away." With courage, she disguises herself as the enemy in an attempt to reveal a beautiful freedom to those who don't even know one exists. Her original story and never before heard music expresses our capacity as people to desire truth and the divine power of communication through music. 




Long Distance Drunk


Maned Wolf Productions presents

Long Distance Drunk
By Corey Pajka
Directed by Kristan Seemel
With Marco Torre* and Lori Singleton*

Stage manager: Anne Huston*

August 19 & 20 at 7pm
August 21 at 2pm

Two people forge a relationship around music, books, and beer. Years later, as their relationship cracks and their addictions deepen, they go their separate ways and create new lives for themselves. After overcoming their dependencies, they discover the only thing they were ever addicted to was each other. Closeness drove them apart, but distance may bring them back together.


The Mushroom Cure


Menemsha Productions presents

The Mushroom Cure
Written and performed by Adam Strauss
Directed by Jonathan Libman

Inspired by a scientific study showing that hallucinogenic mushrooms may cure obsessive-compulsive disorder, Adam Strauss embarked on a program of vigilante psychopharmacology.

"Mines a great deal of laughter from disabling pain” - The New York Times

★★★★ “Riveting... A true-life tour de force” - Time Out New York (Critics' Pick)

★★★★ “Storytelling of the highest order… Hugely intelligent.” - The Scotsman

Winner of the New York Fringe Festival's Overall Excellence Award for Solo Performance


Half Moon Bay


Cherry Lane's Company in Residence


A new play by Dan Moyer
Directed by Jess Chayes

Featuring Gabriel King* and Keilly McQuail*

After a chance encounter in the bar of a bowling alley, two broken hopefuls share a boozy, electric evening. Half Moon Bay is a darkly comic, raw new play about the lovers we take to bed and the strangers we find there in the morning.

May 12th - June 4th
Cherry Lane Theatre
38 Commerce Street


Pass Over


Pass Over
By Antoinette Nwandu
Mentored by Katori Hall

with Eden Marryshow*, Jaime Lincoln Smith*, Joe Tapper*

Becky Bodurtha, Scenic + Costume Design; D.M. Wood, Lighting Design; Jane Shaw, Sound Design

Allison Raynes*, Production Stage Manager; Abbey Lowenstein, Assistant Stage Manager

 April 13 - 23


*Equity Approved Showcase


The Convent of Pleasure


The Convent of Pleasure
By Sarah Einspanier
Directed by Portia Krieger

with Will Dagger, Crystal Lucas-Perry*, Kelly McCrann*, Joshua David Robinson*, Ariel Woodiwiss*

Arnulfo Maldonado, Set Design; Asta Bennie Hostetter, Costume Design; Amith Chandrashaker, Lighting Design; Ani Taj, Choreographer; Deborah Gaouette, Property Master

Angela Perez*, Stage Manager; Michael John Crotty*, Assistant Stage Manager; Jesse Thurston, Assistant Director

March 23 - April 2

*Equity Approved Showcase

The Surgeon and Her Daughters


The Surgeon and Her Daughters
By Christopher Gabriel Núñez
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt

with David Anzuelo*, Rosa Arredondo*, Russell G. Jones*, Eden Marryshow*, Diana Oh*, Elizabeth Ramos*

Raul Abrego, Scenic Design; Sueann Leung, Costume Design; Grant W.S. Yeager, Lighting Design; M.L. Dogg, Sound Design; Deborah Gaouette, Property Design

Jonathan Kim Phillips, Stage Manager; Carolyn Reich,* Assistant Stage Manager; Pia Cincotti, Company Manager; Michael Leahy, Production Manager; Sean Gorski, Technical Director

February 24 - March 5


*Equity Approved Showcase


Sixty Days



Written & Directed by John Faughnan
Produced by Pete Hopper

with John Faughnan, Jamie Carroll, Nicholas Calhoun, Ariella Matroianni

January 26 - 29


Tuesdays with Morrie



Can you pass this most important test in life?

1.            Everything Else   < ___________________?

2.            ∑ Memories   > __________________?

3.            Giving   > ________________?

4.            Death   = _______________________?

Learn the answers in the class of a lifetime. 

This new production of Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom, based on the book by Mitch Albom is an uplifting, touching, and at times, funny chronicle of an old professor who is dying of ALS and his former student who returns to visit him every Tuesday for the “last class” of Morrie’s life.

This version premiered last fall at Brandeis University, where Morrie and Mitch first met, to honor the 20th Anniversary of their now-famous Tuesday lessons.

“It’s a compelling story of a transcendent relationship that grows between the two men,” says Emmy winner Keith Greer, Director

“Sitting in on their Tuesday sessions, we curiously learn how to die and how to deal with death…and out of these lessons, we actually learn how to live!”

This revival based on Mitch Albom’s breakthrough book, one of the best-selling memoirs of all time with over 14 million copies sold and nearly four years on the New York Times bestseller list, “is long overdue!” says Geronimo Sands, who plays Morrie. 

“There’s a magical, healing grace about Morrie.  It’s time we dust off and take to heart his penetrating message, so sorely needed in the world today.”

Says Cliff Blake, who plays Mitch:

“It’s given me a whole new New Year’s resolution.  Every year, we devote ourselves to dieting, working out our bodies, expanding our minds — but we neglect our soul.  This is a great workout for the soul.”


 “Sands’ Morrie is easy to love.”  “Blake’s Mitch is remarkable to watch.”

—The Patriot Ledger

See it.

Learn it.

Love it.

Feel it.

Take the class of a lifetime.  It’s a matter of life and death!

Performances run January 7 – 24.

Evenings:            Tuesday through Saturday at 7 pm

Matinees:            Saturday and Sunday at 3 pm

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday    
$39 Seniors
$35 Groups of 10 or more
Friday, Saturday, Sunday                                  
$50 Seniors
$45 Groups of 10 or more

Prices include a $2 theatre restoration fee for Cherry Lane

Written by Jeffrey Hatcher and Mitch Albom

Directed by Keith Greer

Presented by Tuesday People, LLC

Geronimo Sands as Morrie

Cliff Blake as Mitch

The Dooples in the Land of Doo – The Musical


The Dooples, LLC presents

The Dooples in the Land of Doo – The Musical

Creator, Producer and Writer  - Lynn Hunter, Ed. D
Co-developer, Director/artist and Composer – Charles Mandracchia
Musical Director, Mitch Marcus


Scott Gunner                  Caitlin Grace Bennett
Mary Baynard                 Danny Smith
Stav Livne                       Ashley St. Juliette
Kristen Islas                    Zachary Harris Martin
Seth Blum

Stephen Cornelius, Lighting Director

Wednesday, 12/16, 10:30 AM
Thursday, 12/17, 10:30 AM
Friday, 12/18, 10:30 AM, 4:30 PM
Saturday, 12/19, 12:00-1:00PM; 3:30-4:30PM; 5:30-6:30PM
Sunday, 12/20, 12:00-1:00PM;  2:30-3:30 PM

The Dooples are a friendly group of writing implements who live in the Land of Doo, and come to life at night. They enjoy many adventures and experiences, through which children empower themselves with their own imagination. They personify the conviction that to learn is to do and to do is to learn.  The inherent faith in the human spirit is implicit in the program’s design and appeal.  The value of making mistakes, success through collaboration, tolerance, and understanding are just some of the life lessons that the Dooples impart in its various formats (animation, print, toys, computer applications, live performance, electronic media, etc.).  Children join the Dooples on the joyful journey of life and learning. The adventures of Gadobie, Cecil, Penny, Markus, Spectrina and Chalky, children learn the joy of “dooing.”  “The Dooples” teaches children the letters of the alphabet, sounds and symbols, shapes, mathematical thinking and reasoning, and much more.  These unique writing tools can accomplish fantastic things by flipping on their heads and tap into each child’s endless fascination with his or her own powers by employing a series of pro-active, “learn by doing” experiences.

Adults $29.00            Children $19.00      Groups (of 10 or more) $11.00



Mentor Project 2016: A Festival of New Plays


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Adapted from Henrik Ibsen's "A Doll's House"
By Ingmar Bergman
Directed by Austin Pendleton

with Larry Bull, Andrea Cirie, Todd Gearhart, Jean Lichty, George Morfogen

Harry Feiner, lighting and set designer
Theresa Squire, costume designer
Ryan Rumery, sound designer
Patricia Fletcher, dialect coach
Shelley Senter, movement consultant

Kelly Ice, Production Stage Manager
Denise Wilcox, Assistant Stage Manager

Opening: November 22 at 5pm

Ingmar Bergman's "Nora," a brilliant distillation of Ibsen's masterpiece, "A Doll's House," is a riveting tale of a seemingly conventional woman, struggling and then coming to terms with her life as a doll-wife in a traditional marriage. Out of the shadows of deceit, blackmail, and betrayal, Nora rises to a new consciousness of herself as a woman in a man's world. Through the microcosm of Nora's "doll house" marriage, both Bergman and Ibsen pose crucial questions about the role of gender in modern society.                          

Catch the Butcher


Catch the Butcher
By Adam Seidel
Directed by Valentina Fratti

with Lauren Luna Vélez, Jonathan Walker, Angelina Fiordellisi 

Scenic Design by Lauren Helpern, Costume Design by Brooke Cohen, Lighting Design by Graham Kindred, Original Music and Sound Design by Quentin Chiappetta, Property Design by Addison Heeren, Fight Direction by Ron Piretti, Alison Hassman, Production Stage Manager; Sarah Geis, Assistant Stage Manager
Sophie Parens, Assistant to the Director; Mark Koss, Assistant Costume Designer


Photos by Carol Rosegg

Sept 23 - Oct 29

Gray Horse


Gray Horse
written by John Faughnan
directed by Alexia Oldini

with John Faughnan and Graham Davie

Gray Horse is a story about two cousins, soldiers, returning from war, dealing with their personal demons and trying to cope with a new civilian life.

Produced by Pete Hopper

August 25 - 28

Dancing through It


Pantless Hummingbird Inc presents
Dancing Through It
Starring Francesca Van Horne
Written, directed, and choreographed by Tricia Brouk
August 12 - 23

Cherry Lane School



New Country


Fair Trade Productions and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater present

From the unruly mind of Mark Roberts, creator of Mike & Molly, Executive Producer of Two and a Half Men, comes NEW COUNTRY, an uncensored Off-Broadway comedy.


Handsome, charismatic, Country music star Justin Spears is rich, famous, cavalier, with an ego at the top of the charts.

It’s Justin’s bachelor party on the eve of his wedding day, and his ruthless managers, Paul and Chuck, try in vain to keep an unruly entourage under control.  Enter Ollie, the star-struck hotel bellboy with a cock-eyed view of fame, Sharon, Justin’s vigilante, scorned ex-girlfriend, and dirty old pig farming Uncle Jim who arrives with inflatable lady, Wanda June Whitmore.


So how does this raucous, rodeo go so wrong…so fast? Booze, bong hits, blackmail and a blast. Welcome to the NEW COUNTRY, where the hits just keep on comin’.  With all of this heat on him, will Justin rise to the top or will his career go pop?

Featuring Jared Culverhouse, Sarah Lemp, David Lind, Malcolm Madera, Stephen Sheffer and Mark Roberts

Saturday Sunday 3pm

Ticket are $35

Run Time: 75 mins with no intermission

For more information on the play, please go to  www.newcountrytheplay.com

The Idea of Me


by Kristina Poe
directed by José Zayas

with Donnie Kehr, Gregory Perri, Lisa Ramirez, Elizabeth Ramos

"The one where the girl comes home from a mental hospital and no one hides the scissors."

Jason Simms, set designer; Kristina Makowski, costume designer; Yi Zhao, lighting designer; Jane Shaw, sound designer; Jessica Jalal, props master; Anne Huston, stage manager

April 15 - 25

King Lear


Shakespeare's KING LEAR
re-envisioned by Jesse Jou
mentored by Barry Edelstein

with Brenna Palughi, JJ Perez, Eileen Rivera, Shannon Sullivan

"The one where four actors tackle Shakespeare's great tragedy."

Set Designer Carmen Martinez   Costume Designer Moria Sine Clinton   Costume Designer Kristina Makowski   Lighting Designer Alan Edwards    Sound Designer Matt Otto

Property Master Jessica Jalal   Line Producer Roxanna Barrios   Casting Director Kate Murray    Assistant Stage Manager Tori Sheehan   Graphic Design Jonathan Key   Magic Consultant Vinny DePonto   Production Manager Janio Marrero   Production Stage Manager Gina Odierno

Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra   Associate Producer Michael Bulger

March 25 - April 4



by Jiehae Park
mentored by Kwame Kwei-Armah
directed by Margot Bordelon

with Gideon Glick, Teresa Avia Lim, Christopher Livingston, Emma Ramos, Tiffany Villarin

"The one where they'd do just about anything to get in."

Scenic Design Edward T. Morris   Costume Design Moria Sine Clinton   Lighting Design Oliver Wason   Sound Design / Composer Palmer Hefferan

Property Master Jessica Jalal   Line Producer Natailie Gershtein   Casting Director Kate Murray   Fights Dan Safer   Assistant Director Molly Clifford   Assistant Stage Manager Merrick A. B. Williams   Artistic Associate Jack Phillips Moore   Graphic Design Jonathan Key   Magic Consultant Vinny DePonto   Production Manager Janio Marrero   Production Stage Manager Anne Huston

Producing Artistic Director Stephanie Ybarra   Associate Producer Michael Bulger

March 4 - 14




Mentor Project 2015


Read more about Mentor Project 2015 on our Programs page. Click HERE

Mrs Shakespeare


Wild Productions presents

Mrs Shakespeare
Performed by Irene Kelleher
Written and Directed by Ian Wild

A female patient in a mental asylum thinks that she is William Shakespeare reincarneated. She gradually realizes that she has made a complete mess of writing Hamlet 400 years earlier. Armed with a quill and beset by a rebellious cast of characters who are anxious not to be rewritten, she embarks on an epic reformulation of theatre's most famous text under the new title of Ophelia.

View Mrs Shakespeare trailer HERE

October 27

The Brightness of Heaven


Brierpatch Productions on behalf of VH Theatrical Development Foundation presents

The Brightness of Heaven

A new play by acclaimed author Laura Pedersen
Directed by Ludovica Villar-Hauser

October 16 - December 14





Cherry Lane Theatre presents
a world premiere

by Lisa Ramirez
directed by Lisa Peterson

featuring: Dan Domingues, Liza Fernandez, Annie Henk,  Paola Lázaro-Muñoz, Lisa Ramirez, Gerardo Rodriguez, Xochitl Romero, and Haynes Thigpen

Scenic design by Rachel Hauck, costume design by Theresa Squire, lighting design by Russell H. Champa, sound design by Jill BC Du Boff 

Judy Merrick, property master
Megan Schwarz Dickert, stage manager
Anne Huston, assistant stage manager
Kate Murray, casting director
Morgan Jenness, dramaturg 
Theresa Von Klug, general manager
A Ram Kim, assistant set designer
Maureen Fitzgerald, assistant costume designer
Katy Atwell, assistant lighting designer
Beth Lake, assistant sound designer
Yudelka Aheyer, assistant property master
Unkle Dave's Fight House, fight choreographer
Jesse Geguzis, assistant fight choreographer
Monique Carboni, graphic designer

Inspired by actual interviews, TO THE BONE examines the very nature of equality and justice in contemporary America through the eyes of five women whose migration to the U.S. in search of a better life brings its own test of the human spirit. Originally commissioned by Working Theater, Mark Plesent, Producing Artistic Director.

Liza Fernandez, Annie Henk, Lisa Ramirez. Photo by Monique Carboni

Liza Fernandez and Annie Henk. Photo by Monique Carboni

Annie Henk, Liza Fernandez, Lisa Ramirez, Dan Domingues. Photo by Monique Carboni

Haynes Thigpen. Photo by Monique Carboni

Gerry Rodriguez and Dan Domingues. Photo by Monique Carboni

Xochitl Romero and Paola Lázaro-Muñoz. Photo by Monique Carboni

TO THE BONE is part of the second annual Theater: Village festival, which presents a series of new plays in prominent West Village theaters based around one playwright or common theme. In 2014 Theater:Village presented E Pluribus, featuring four new plays celebrating the diversity of America. 
September 9 - October 4







Cherry POP: Fluid Edition


Cherry Lane Theatre's Junior Board  presents

Cherry POP: Fluid Edition

Monday, July 28 at 7pm

Studio at Cherry Lane Theatre - 38 Commerce Street

Cherry POP is a brand new series for a new Cherry Lane audience. A collection of theater groups and individual performers will each create a 5-10 minute piece around a common theme/word revealed to them a month prior to the event.

Cherry POP: Fluid Edition features The Shelter, The Daisy Collective, Small Claims Court, NY Madness, singer Emily Rupp, multi-hyphenate artist Eric Schmalenberger, stand-up comic Lex Singer, actor Lillian Rodriguez, "With All the Kids Saying" by, Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE, and comedy improve troupe FUCT.

Leta Tremblay directs a live theatrical event set to the music of Diana Oh is GOING ROGUE's original song, "All The Kids Saying" featuring performers Kevin Bunge, Katelyn Collins, Brian Dunlop, Kim Gainer, Jesse Geguzis, Lauren Hennessy, and Homa Hynes. Originally presented at The Brick Theater as part of the first Live Action Music Video Festival curated by Mariah MacCarthy. 

NYMadness: The primary goal of NYMadness is the development of modern theatre with a focus on bold new plays, emerging artists, and building collaborations. We provide a platform to broaden the national conversation on issues that concern us, within a structured exploration of the form, among a growing and supportive community. 

The Shelter is a family of artists creating original theatre for the New York stage. The Shelter premieres Dave Lankford's TRANSMISSION - a stellar tour-de-fource starring Belle Caplis and directed by Meghan E. Jones, in which Commander Abby Graham records her final transmission before reaching the outer bounds of the solar system. 

Lillian Rodriguez is an actor and a writer, premiering a new short piece based on a collection of interviews with her mother J.J.Brown. 

Emily Rupp is a Midwestern gal who has performed her various talents on stages all across the United States. She acts on film, she acts on stage, she writes poems, she writes songs, she sings, and plays a bunch of cool instruments.

Lex Singer is a young and talented stand up comic.

FUCT is New York's most outrageous comedy group. 


Image by Flickr: jeffbelmonte



















written and perfromed by Alan Fox
developed and directed by Kimberly Ryan

Expectation is a collection of six young Americans all trying to make sense of the gap between a fantasy that was promised and a reality that was found. 

July 21st

Swingtime Canteen


Cherry Lane welcomes summer guest production:

Swingtime Canteen
by Linda Thorsen Bond, William Repicci, and Charles Busch
directed by Lenny Banovez

Swingtime Canteen is about a Hollywood Canteen headed for London to entertain the troops. This five woman musical takes place on stage at a concert for the Eighth U.S. Air Force in 1944 and pays tribute to the USO and all of the wonderful vintage classics from that time. 
Swingtime Canteen is an Official Proud Supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project. A portion of the proceeds will go towards this fund.

Produced by Jamie Monahan
Associate Producer, Titan Theatre Company



Dutch Heart of Man


Animus Theatre Company presents

Dutch Heart of Man
by Bob Glaudini
directed by Alan Langdon

with Sara Canter, Alex Correia, Kate Greer, Alice Grindling, Salvatore Inzerillo, Wendy Merritt, Michael Neithardt, Amy Northup, Erin Leigh Schmoyer, Zachary Spicer, Jeff Todesco

Dutch is a kind-hearted construction worker; a gentle giant perplexed and bewildered by society's hurried pace and uncaring attitudes. While setting terrazzo one Sunday with a womanizing co-worker, Marty, we grow to share his confusion as he ruminates about his life and bumps into ever bustling strangers. The drama escalates to a violent climax as the sweetly simple Dutch finds himself unable to cope  with the inhuman pace around him.

April 25  - May 11, Wednesday - Saturday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm, Sunday at 2pm

Running time: 135 minutes, with one 15 minute intermission.

Production Stage Manager: Liz Elise Richards
Assistant Director: Taphat Tawil
Scenic Design: Scott Tedmon-Jones
Lighting Design: Joe Cabrera
Sound Design: Andy Evan Cohen
Costume Design: Taphat Tawil
Fight Director: Brad Lemons
Properties Supervisor: Trevor Kluckman
Casting Director: Joy Dewing, CSA
Graphic Design: Kevin Dulin
Artistic Director: Jonathan Judge-Russo
Managing Directors: Amy Northup & Jeff Todesco


FUCT: The World Tour


April 18 & 19 at 9pm

The Ragged Claws


Read about all 3 of the 2014 Mentor Project Plays: The Hunters, Sonnets on Tap, The Ragged Claws

Cherry Lane Theatre's Mentor Project 2014 


by Lina Patel
mentored by David Henry Hwang
directed by Jedadiah Schultz

with Sanjit De Silva, Tom Galantich, Brian Hastert, Kahan James, Mahira Kakkar, Jonathan Raviv, Olga Sosnovska, Amy Lynn Stewart

As midtown Manhattan is being relocated upstate due to rising sea-levels and a feared tsunami, a British mother, American father, and their adopted son must confront the wounds of history, even as the future rises up to meet them.

Caite Hevner Kemp, Scenic Designer
Amanda Seymour, Costume Designer
Miriam Nilofa Crowe, Lighting Designer
Sam Kusnetz, Sound Designer
Raphael Mishler, Props Designer
Per Janson, Assistant Director
Ashley Chang, Assistant Dramaturg
Angela F. Kiessel, Production Stage Manager
Janio Marrero, Production Manager
Daniel Geggatt, Associate Production Manager
Laura Kim, Assistant Stage Manager
Miles Orduna, Production Assistant

Stephanie Ybarra, Producing Artistic Director, Mentor Project 2014
Michael Bulger, Associate Producer, Mentor Project 2014
Kate Murray, Casting Director, Mentor Project 2014
Jane Whitty, Marketing Associate
Maggie Hoffman, Graphic Design

April 2 - 12

Sonnets on Tap



conceived and directed by Awoye Timpo
mentored by Lisa Peterson

Tap choreography by Hillary-Marie, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Cartier Williams

Music by Jonathan Melville Pratt

featuring Dalia Davi, Hillary-Marie, Claudia Rahardjanoto, Jack Sochet, Cartier Williams, Gabe Winns (swing)

Sonnets on Tap is an ensemble piece that melds expert Shakespeare interpreters with masters of tap dance to celebrate the extraordinary poetry of Shakespeare through a collective exploration of a less familiar part of his canon: the sonnets. Delving into the text, rhythm, meter, language and beauty of these poems, Sonnets on Tap investigates how the marriage and collision of forms can inform the richness of Shakespeare's poetry and bring to life the depth, range of emotions, and stories found within these 154 tales of betrayal, lust, obsession, power, death, and love.

Jonathan Melville Pratt, Composer
Amy Rubin, Scenic Designer
Lara de Bruijn, Costume Design
Justin King, Lighting Designer
Brad Peterson, Projection Design
Maureen Murtha, Production Stage Manager

Stephanie Ybarra, Producing Artistic Director, Mentor Project 2014
Michael Bulger, Associate Producer, Mentor Project 2014
Kate Murray, Casting Director, Mentor Project 2014
Jane Whitty, Marketing Associate
Maggie Hoffman, Graphic Desiger

Mentor Project 2014



Visit our Mentor Project Program page for info about the 2014 artists.


















The Hunters



by Jen Silverman
mentored by Lynn Nottage
directed by Mike Donahue

with Ruy Iskandar and Vichet Chum

Alex and Cameron are brothers who, despite their shared career as hustlers, are going in very different directions. While Alex is focused on the demands of the future, Cam is obsessed with a past in which family legend says that his Vietnamese grandfather was the victim of an American soldier’s bullet. 

Dane Laffrey, Set and Costume Designer
Sarah Tundermann, Lighting Designer
Jillian Walker, Sound Designer
Raphael Mishler, Prop Designer
J. Allen Suddeth, Fight Choreographer
Ryan Gohsman, Production Stage Manager
Angela Kiessel, Assistant Stage Manager
Miles Orduna, Production Assistant

Stephanie Ybarra, Producing Artistic Director, Mentor Project 2014
Michael Bulger, Associate Producer, Mentor Project 2014
Kate Murray, Casting Director, Mentor Project 2014
Jane Whitty, Marketing
Maggie Hoffman, Graphic Designer, Mentor Project 2014

February 19 - March 1




The Window


Teatro Italiano Network presents

The Window
written by Marta Mondelli
directed by Shira-Lee Shalit

featuring Cristina Lippolis, Marta Mondelli and Scott Freeman

It is 1954. Eva is a young woman living in New York. After her wedding is unexpectedly called off, she spends the time set aside for her honeymoon walled up alone in her apartment, taste-testing for a new dietary soft drink. Her only distraction is living vicariously through the neighbors outside her window, and her only visitor is Aunt Nora, a not-so-ladylike Park Avenue lady who will do anything to escape her perfect uptown life. Over the three days that follow, Nora's suspicious absences, an unidentified scream from the courtyard, and the unsettling visit from a handsome stranger all bring Eva closer to the window's edge...

Visit thewindowtheater.com

2014 Young Playwrights Conference


Young Playwrights Inc. presents

2014 Young Playwrights Conference


Almost Cut My Hair
by Alaina Demopoulos
directed by Brett W. Reynoldswith Brad Malow, Robin Taylor, Jovan Davi Lila Donnolo, Kevin Geer, Megan Kay Hughes, Kathryn Layng, and Rubio Quian.


The Road Trip
by Emily Sheera Cutler
directed by Seret Scott

Pictured: Julia Jarcho, Brett W. Reynolds, Brad Malow, Robin Taylor

Outside the theater on the night of the event

Half Hearted


M.A.D. Playhouse presents

Half Hearted
by Mohan Rakesh
directed by Hafiz Karmali

Featuring Aizzah Fatima, Dipti Mehta, Robin Johnson, Dipanjan Chatterjee, Akshay Reddy, Prince Vaghani, Yamin Brosh and Ashok Chaudhury

The play deals with the complexities of human relationships, the incomplete lives we live where we seek to complete ourselves through the other. The play aims to bring focus on art forms that reflect and illustrate ideals of society, ethos, emotions, feelings, sorrow, joy, frustration, hatred, love, their role and its place in society. 

December 19-22 at 6:30pm

Running time 90 minutes with no intermission

May be inappropriate for anyone under the age of 15




Fist in Mouth


Guest production

Fist in Mouth
Written and directed by Dan Hasse
Assistant Director Elise Kibler

Featuring Taylor Myers, Jon Fusco, Sarah Jess Austell and Jess Jacobs

This play is a 90 minute farce set in a tiny East Village apartment over th course of one night...
After an all night bender, Harry and Stanley go skinny dipping in the East River. Stanley hits his head on a shoal and seeks medical attention from Harry's ex-girlfriend.

December 10 - 15
Tuesday - Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 1pm and 7:30pm, Sunday at 1pm

Running time: 105 minutes with one 15 minute intermission.


Making Plays From Dreams


Making Plays from Dreams
A workshop wtih Jean-Claude van Itallie & Josh Adler

Jean-Claude van Itallie, master playwright and performer, with director Josh Adler, teaches unique movement and awareness techniques to embody plays from dreams. In a warm supportive atmosphere, physically prepared, you'll spontaneously create,making your dream or story into a short play, even performing it. For writers, actors, and anyone feeling playful. 

Enrollment $50

Saturday, November 16, 10am-5pm.

All For One Theater Festival


All For One Theater Festival
presents its 2013 lineup

October 11- November 9

The annual festival celebrating the art of solo performance is back in it’s third year. This year’s festival includes 8 extraordinary solo shows starring Kelly Carlin, Tom Hewitt, Bill Bowers, Rene Marie, Erin Fleck, David Harrell, Sylvia Milo, and Vichet Chum.

AFO also offers expertly led workshops for performers, directors, writers, and producers. Plus, AFO’s panels feature some of the best people working in the industry and world of solo performance.

This year’s festival also includes a performance from our artist in residence James Judd, a showcase with Nilaja Sun’s students from The Mentor Project, and our first ever show for young audiences: The Boy Who Would Be Captain Hook.

Go to www.afofest.org for more information





Written by Lucy Thurber
Directed by Daniel Talbott

Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre and Rattlestick Playwrights Theater

Featuring Natalie Gold, Izzy Hanson-Johnston, Will Pullen, Pamela Shaw, Didi O'Connell, Gordon Joseph Weiss, and Michael Warner

Set Design by Raul Abrego, Costume Design by Tristan Raines, Lighting Design by Joel Moritz, Sound Design by Janie Bullard, Fights by Unkle Dave's Fight-House, Props by Andrew Diaz and Matthew Frew

August 14-September 28

Scarcity was presented as part of Cherry Lane Theatre's Celebrating Women Playwrights Series and the first annual Theater:Village Festival


Rantoul and Die


The Amoralists Present

By Mark Roberts, Directed by Jay Stull

Featuring: Derek Ahonen, Sarah Lemp, Matthew Pilieci and Vanessa Vache

Rallis and Debbie's marriage has reached its expiration date. In fact, it's soured and stuck to the bottom of the carton. She wants him to pack his stuff and hit the bricks, but he's clinging to the past like a cat on a screen door. How far will a man go to hang onto his lady? It's a thin line between love and hate. A kiss and a punch. An ice cream cone and a beer bottle to the back of the head.






The New York Times




Time Out New York



The New York Post





New York Daily News









For more information, visit www.theamoralists.com.

Check out the show's trailer!

Running time: 100 minutes, includes one 10 minute intermission

Why Won’t You Pick up Our Garbage


The Operating Theater Company presents

as part of Cherry Lane's Late NIte Series

Why Won't You Pick Up Our Garbage
Written and Directed by Evan Maror
Featuring: Evan Maror

Actor/Director/Writer/Pedagogue/Emotional Conduit, Evan Maror channels Clifford Odets and George Dempster (inventor of the Dempster-Dumpster) in his magnum opus "Why Can't You Pick Up Our Garbage?" A modern parable, this commentary on green living, or lack thereof, delivers audiences an unsettling blend of naturalism and Dadaist shenanigans.

The cast, lead by auteur Evan Maror (the love child of Rasputin and Oscar Wilde with a touch of Alfred Jarry) breathes urban ennui in a fascinating, zonked-out rhythm. The play paints a fauve portrait of the working class as an untended fold of Paschal lambs.

People will leave the theatre inexplicably altered and viscerally satisfied. With its heightened dialogue and raw characterizations, its impossible to put this production into a genre. One could only describe it as a post modern 'Everyplay.'

May 17 & 18


Different Animals


Wednesday Repertory Company in association with Born Productions Corp presents
Different Animals
Written by Abby Rosebrock
Directed by Bruce Ornstein

Featuring: Abby Rosebrock (Molly Gardner), Cesa Pledger (Jessica Tarver), Dirk Keysser (Leo Tarver), Brady Kirchberg (William Burnip), Sienna Sternick and Maria Panoski (sharing the role of Rosie Tarver). Unsatisfied in marriage and rejected by her lover, Jessica Tarver forms a deep and complicated friendship with Molly Gardner, a passionarte, unbalanced woman who joins the Tarvers for a life-altering ménage à trois.

Running time: 120 minutes, includes one 15 minute intermission Ticket prices include a $1 theatre facility fee.

strong language, partial nudity and adult subject matter

April 20 - May 26



April 3 - 13
by Nastaran Ahmadi
mentored by Kia Corthron
directede by Lisa Peterson
featuring Rebecca Brooksher, Stephanie DiMaggio, Nadine Malouf, Arya Shahi, John C. Vennema

An Iranian-American video game tester develops a game set in a post-nuclear-apocalypse Iran, even as her own relationship becomes a fallout zone. In this new play that tests the boundaries between fantasy and reality, loyalties shift quickly, and staying alive is the only way to win.




March 13 - 23

by Natalia Naman
mentored by Eduardo Machado
directed by Elena Araoz

featuring Liza Fernandez, Dea Julien, Bobby Plasencia, Stacey Sargeant, and C.K. Allen

Lawnpeople tracks the journey of Solymar, an undocumented Mexican immigrant working as a housekeeper for a wealthy black Southern couple.  When Solymar’s mother is killed back home in Mexico as the result of gang violence, her pre-teen daughter is left across the border without family, while the odds of Solymar returning home to protect her daughter become increasingly unlikely. Meanwhile, the woman she works for becomes so emotionally involved in Solymar’s plight that her own marriage is threatened. Race, class, and the deepest matters of the heart are at odds in this play about love, ambition, and responsibility.


Pas de Deux (lost my shoe) / Joe


February 20 - March 2

An Evening of Solo Performance:

PAS DE DEUX (lost my shoe)
written and performed by Lisa Ramirez
mentored by Cynthia Hopkins
directed by Bryan Davidson Blue
The bonds between siblings are as layered, complex, and true as all great loves. In the spring of 2002, at a time when she had only just overcome her own addiction, Ms. Ramirez lost her younger brother, a principal dancer with The Oakland Ballet, to alcoholism. Upon his death, she enrolled in a ballet class, learning the dances her brother had performed. As she retraced his steps, she not only stayed sober, she learned a new dance, a dance that ultimately was her liberation. Pas de Deux is the first play ever to be commissioned by Mentor Project.

written and performed by Elizabeth A. Davis
mentored by Enda Walsh
directed by Chris Henry
Joe  is a play with music about a Native American, homeless man in his 60s, and his ten year encounter with Elizabeth, a small town, Texas pageant girl in college. Brought to life through the nostalgia of fiddle music, Joe is a story inspired by real events of two wild souls finding friendship and finally, family, in the most unlikely places.


Why Won’t You Pick Up Our Garbage?


Cherry Lane Theatre's Late Nite series continues with

Why Won't You Pick Up Our Garbage?

Presented by The Operating Theater

Friday, January 25 and Saturday, January 26 at 10pm

Actor/director/writer/pedagogue/emotional conduit Evan Maror channels Clifford Odets and George Dempster (inventor of the Dempster-Dumpster) in his magnum opus "Why Can't You Pick Up Our Garbage?" A modern parable, this commentary on green living, or lack thereof, delivers audiences an unsettling blend of naturalism and Dadaist shenanigans. More here

No Escape


KIT - Kairos Italy Theater -- the preeminent Italian theater company in New York, proudly presents "No Escape," four One-Acts by Dino Buzzati, commemorating the 40th anniversary of his death. Buzzati, known as "the Italian Kafka," was one fo the most significant Italian cultural figures of the last century.

Written in the late 1950s, these solo pieces represent the dark side of "La Dolce Vita." These passionate and proud women are trapped in their respective lives. A criminal news reporter for 30 years, Buzzati remains a master of irony who examined themes that include solitude and death.

8 Actresses, 4 Monologues, 2 Languages, One Author: Dino Buzzati.

The featured one-acts include:

Jojo Karlin (English)/Ilaria Amadasi (Italian)

Rosemary Fine (English)/Lydia Biondi (Italian)

Marta Mondelli (English)/Laura Caparrotti (Italian)

Lucia Grillo (English)/Amy Frances Quint (Italian)

Nov 6 - 19

Turning Page


Barbara Ligeti, by special arrangement with The Private Theatre (John Gould Rubin, Artistic Director) and Sacred Monsters

Turning Page
Written and performed by Angelica Page

Directed by Wison Milan

October 11 - 28

Red-Handed Otter


Presented by Playwrights Realm

by Ethan Lipton
directed by Mike Donahue

Featuring: Quincy Tyler Bernstine, Gibson Frazier, Rebecca Henderson, Matt Maher, and Bobby Moreno.

Sept 12 - Oct 6

Hot Fun in the Summertime


Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre as part of our Late Nite Series.


Hot Fun in the Summertime is here! Come out to see some of New York's youngest, most talented, and disturbingly good looking artists as they get set loose in Cherry Lane's studio theater. All the content is original, all the music is live, and gone are the days of BYOB, because th booze is on us!

July 26, 27, & 28  

2012-13 Season


Link to Mentor Project page

Master Class


Cherry Lane School 2016 is Oct 24 - 28!  Read more here

This Is Fiction


Presented by InViolet Repertory Theater.

By Megan Hart
Directed by Shelley Butler
Featuring Richard Masur, Bernardo Cubria, Aubyn Philabaum, and Michelle David

June 15 - 30

BAREFOOT TONGUES: a reading series


Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre in collaboration with Barefoot Theatre Company as part of Cherry Lane's Tongues Reading Series.

Tuesday, April 24th
CARAVAGGIO by Richard Vetere
directed by Alice Jankell
starring Frederico Castelluccio

Tuesday, May 1st
WILD CHILDREN by Vincent Pastore
directed by Alice Jankell
starring Robert Funaro, Anthony J. Ribustello, Lou Martini, Carlos Leone and Paul Borghese

Tuesday, May 8th
THIS LIVING HAND by Richard Vetere
directed by Alice Jankell
starring Jana Mestecky, Sean Patrick Reilly, Amy Hargreaves and Dean Imperial

Tuesday, May 8th 
POUND FOR POUND by Tyler Fascett
Julia And Eric by Kristoffer Diaz
Park Slope by Michael Reyes
directed by Francisco Solorzano
starring Lisa Anderson, Christopher Whalen, Arthur Kriklivy, John Harlacher, Jennie West, Jeremy Brena and more Barefoot Theatre Company Ensemble members...

Monday, May 14th
New Play by Richard Vetere
directed by Alice Jankell

Tuesday, May 15th
directed by Pamela Seiderman
starring Jerry Adler, Angelina Fiordellisi, Francisco Solorzano, Christopher Whalen, Jeremy Brena, Gillian Rougier, John Gazzale, Roger Manix, Minna Taylor, Harris Doran and more.
assistant director, Ricardo Riethmuller

Eavesdropping on Dreams


Presented by The Barefoot Theatre Company.

 by Rivka Bekerman-Greenberg
Directed by Ronald Cohen
Featuring Lynn Cohen, Stephanie Roth Haberle, Aidan Koehler, Mike Shapiro and Christopher Whalen

Wednesday, April 25th & Wednesday, May 16th
to support Barefoot Theatre Company's
Education & Outreach Department featuring
Audience talk-back with playwright, cast, director, crew
and special guest speakers.

Apr 17 - May 20

The Nomad Series


Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre as part of our Late Nite Series.

presented by The Root Collective

February 29 9:45 pm
UNTITLED by Janice Amaya
APPLES by Rosa Gilmore

March 1 9:45 pm
CHECKED BOXES by Tanya Everett
PRETTY BIRD by Webb Wilcoxen

March 2 9:45 pm
BRO-KIN by Neil-Tyrone Pritchard
DD & J by Maggie Bofill

March 3 9:45 pm
DORM 19 by Alba Albanese

Mentor Project 2012


For more information, see our Mentor Project Program page.

Where’s My Money?


Presented by Animus Theatre Company.

by John Patrick Shanley
directed by Alex Correia
featuring Rory Hammond, Jonathan Judge-Russo, Amy Northup, Jeff Todesco, and Carrie Walsh

Jan 28 - Feb 12

Do You Know Me?


By Mina Samuels
Directed by Lisa Chess

A one-woman, one-act play about memory, loss and identity. A woman who has lost her short-term memory tries to get ready to take her daughter to school, but cannot hang onto the moment.

Jan 18 & 19



Presented by Cherry Lane Theatre.


a straight comedy about an "in the closet" movie star

written and directed by Clifford Streit

Dec 16 - Jan 6

F*ing Vigwan (or Swag)


Presented by Barefoot Theater Company in collaboration with East 3rd Productions as part of the STRIPP3D Festival.

Written by Kristoffer Diaz
Cast: Charles Everett, Samantha Fontana, Christopher Whalen, Jennie West, Robert Spence, Eric Vigdorov, Molly Millard, Michael Pierre Louis, Lorraine Rodriguez-Reyed. Andrew MacLarty, Gillian Rougier, Arthur Kriklivy and Mark von Sternberg
Composer/Sound designer: Adam Stone
Graphic designer: Adam Dalton
Lighting designer: Niluka Hotaling
Props/Zombie cock designer: John Harlacher

Nov 29 - Dec 2

Gloucester Blue


Presented by Barefoot Theatre Company in collaboration with East 3rd Productions as part of the STRIPP3D
Festival of plays culminating with a never before heard or seen play by the award-winning and world renowned playwright Israel Horowitz:

written and directed by Israel Horowitz
Therese Plaehn*+
Francisco Solorzano*+
Robert Walsh*+
Christopher Whalen*+

Assistant Director: Nicole Haran+
Playwright’s Assistant: Joseph Sousa+
Production Stage Manager: Samantha Fontana*+
Sound Design / Original Music: Adam Horovitz
Lighting Design: Niluka Hotaling
Set Design: Michael Mallard
Costume Design: Victoria Malvagno+
Graphic Design: ADZN STUDIO, Adam Dalton+

*Actors Equity Association
+Barefoot Theatre Company Member

Nov 17 - Dec 3

Naked in a Fishbowl


Presented by Dragonchase Productions.

Fully improvised and filmed live, NAKED IN A FISHBOWL chronicles the lives of six women in New York City with hilarious, startling, and bare-naked honesty.

More info at nakedinafishbowl.com

Oct 17 - Dec 5