The newly created Bleecker Street Theatre Company officially launched April 5 with a reading of Murray Schisgal’s Playtime, featuring Rosie Perez, Peter Reigert and Chip Zien. A benefit Tuesday, April 13, features Murray Schisgal, Israel Horovitz, Mario Fratti, Donna de Matteo, Quincy Long and Stephen Adly Guirgis discussing “The Playwrights Journey.” Tickets are still available.
There is a full line-up of presentations of plays in development, including new work by C.S. Drury, Bill Quigley, and David Loughlin – mates from H.B. Studios playwriting with Donna de Matteo. Peter Zinn, another H-B playwriting mate, is doing a great thing here, and it looks like serious and accomplished actors, playwrights, directors, teachers and other new play developers (Guirgis, beyond writing great plays – thought of “Little Flower of East Orange” when I saw Michael Shannon blow them away in ‘The Runaways’ – is now the artistic director of the Public’s LAByrinth). It’s great to see Peter push this and the healthy collaboration between the new Bleecker Street Theatre Company and H-B Playwrights. Playwriting is a dangerous profession and you need all the muscle you can muster to slog through.
Bleecker Street Theatre Company is the non-profit resident company housed at The Theatres at 45 Bleecker – a premier off-Broadway venue located in the NoHo neighborhood of New York City.
BSTC evolved out of The Theatres at 45 Bleecker’s production of Rumspringa, which opened in February of 2009 with a successful extended run. BSTC was formed later that year and now workshops other new plays through its popular Monday Night Play Development Series with the goal of fostering more world premieres onto the Off-Broadway stage. The company is especially interested in plays that are easily adapted for film and new media with the belief that the stage is an effective forum to present new stories to members of the NYC film industry who regularly attend BSTC productions. In addition to new works, BSTC also presents classics and previously produced plays that speak to a new generation of theatre goers.
Peter Zinn, Artistic Director
Louis Salamone, Executive Director
Elle Sunman, Managing Director