New York, NY
CLOSED: still open
SEATING CAPACITY: 198
Started at Clark Center for the Performing Arts, a new home was built in 2002 on the same site.
The address 416 West 42nd Street has been occupied by Playwrights Horizons since June 1976. After serving as the company's home for 25 years, the previous building on the site was demolished in September 2001.
The current Playwrights Horizons facility was built for $27 million, part of a $32 million endowment and capital campaign. The building was designed by architect Mitchell Kurtz. Groundbreaking was October 2001 and the project completed in 2003.
The building is formally named the Edith K. Ehrman Building in honor of a former Playwrights Horizons board member and recognition of a $10 million gift from her estate. However in popular usage the building is called Playwrights Horizons, synonymous with its owner.
The Mainstage Theater on the 1st and 2nd floor is a replacement for the previous Anne G. Wilder Theater, recreating the size and feel of that former venue but expanding the seating capacity and backstage support area, including an orchestra pit and full-stage trap space.
The inaugural event in the Mainstage Theater was a reunion concert of Falsettos the weekend of 2003-01-09 while construction continued elsewhere in the building. An Artist Open House was held on 2003-01-27 and the first full prodction was My Life with Albertine.
Playwrights Horizons also houses the Ticket Central box office on the 1st floor, servicing multiple theatre companies, and the 4th floor 128-seat Peter Jay Sharp Theater. The company's administrative offices on the 3rd floor serve as a sound barrier between the two theaters.