Friday, January 23, 2009

Bronx's Center Stage Playhouse Turns 40

There are a few theatre companies in NYC that have been around for four decades -- The Public Theatre, Roundabout Theatre Company, and La MaMa E.T.C. are a few of the best known. Joining their exclusive ranks in 2009 is Center Stage Playhouse, which has been producing plays and musicals in the Bronx since 1969.

Currently headed by artistic director Donna Bellone, Center Stage Playhouse offers a diverse season of shows every year. This year they began with Terrence McNally's It's Only a Play. Up next (in February) is David Lindsay-Abaire's Pulitzer Prize play Rabbit Hole, and that will be followed by William Finn's musical A New Brain. An eclectic and contemporary lineup, don't you think?

I had the opportunity recently to sit down with Nick Leshi, who is the Vice President of Center Stage Playhouse. We recorded a podcast in which Nick talks at length about the history of this Bronx institution, as well as about the current season. He also tells us about the neighborhood where Center Stage is located--it's right off the #6 train, so it's very accessible for Manhattanites as well as folks in the other boroughs and in Westchester County. Listen to the podcast here.

Center Stage Playhouse has updated their website for their 40th anniversary; they've done a super job. Take a look.

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