Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Cherry Lane Turns Bank Street Theatre Into the Cherry Pit

Cherry Lane Theatre is opening their third and newest venue, the 90-seat Cherry Pit (formerly the Bank Street Theatre) in the West Village. The Cherry Pit, at 155 Bank Street, joins the Cherry Lane Theatre's existing spaces at its historical location on 38 Commerce Street--the recently-renovated 179-seat mainstage theatre and its 60-seat Studio Theatre--to create a trio of stages that fulfill Cherry Lane's mission to develop and present new American works for the theatre.

According to Cherry Lane Theatre's Artistic Director Angelina Fiordellisi, "We were just at that point of discussing how beneficial it would be for our playwrights and audiences to have a mid-size theatre to see full productions of the new work we champion when, out of the blue, the president of the board of Westbeth, Arnold Warwick, called to see if we would be interested in taking over the Bank Street Theatre. We fell in love with it and now, here we are like nervous brides with a 10-year lease on The Cherry Pit, where we can do off-Broadway runs of new plays. We also intend to offer the Cherry Pit as a home to other theatre companies who increasingly come to us when they've lost their own theatre or are in need of an alternative. As we expect the Cherry Pit will bring more people--especially more young people--into the Westbeth neighborhood, it feels like an irresistible circumstance in which everybody wins."

The Cherry Pit debuts with the new play Jailbait, starting performances on March 19.

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