NEW YORK, NY
In 1998, a master plan for expansion of Playwrights Horizons’ existing building was developed, including a new larger main stage with traps and pit, a new studio theater, rehearsal rooms, backstage support space, and administration and production areas. The planning included an air rights transfer and integrated development with a neighboring and overhanging mixed-use building.
The building brings all of Playwrights’ activities together under one roof in an environment that fosters the openess and inclusiveness of their working environment. The building houses two theaters, administrative and production offices, rehearsal studios and generous public areas and production support spaces.
The main theater will accommodate 198 seats, while the studio seats 96 or 128 people, according to individual needs of each production. The administrative floor is sandwiched between the two theaters, serving as a sound barrier as well as bringing the administrative staff closer to the actual productions. Rehearsal rooms and backstage areas are well-organized and accommodating, with sinks in every dressing room and lots of storage space for performers. Public restrooms are plentiful, especially for women.
A broad stripe of glass punctuates the stone façade of the building, creating tiers of people visible from the street. Bold signage identifies the building; sophisticated interior finishes accentuate curved and straight planes. Playwright’s new building expresses the stability and innovation of this off-broadway institution.