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The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

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The Pershing Square Signature Center, 480 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Year opened: 1991


Founded in 1991 and housed at the Pershing Square Signature Center, the Signature Theatre Company is a non-profit organisation comprised of the Irene Diamond Stage, the Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre, the Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre and two rehearsal spaces.The organisation exists to celebrate the playwright - they are the first and only company in the world to devote an entire season to one playwright alone, working together to create new work and to explore and celebrate the playwright's past catalogue. Simultaneously, it can take on up to nine playwrights over three different residencies. Past alumni include Athol Fugard, Arthur Miller and Edward Albee.

Upcoming Highlights

  • The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A

    Opens Aug 22

  • The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood

    Opens Aug 29

  • Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

    Opens Oct 03

  • Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo

    Opens Jan 30, 2018

  • Peace for Mary Frances

    Opens Apr 06, 2018

The Red Letter Plays: F*cking A

Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre

August 22-October 1, 2017

First premiering in 2000 in Houston, Susan Lori Parks' eye-opening interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letters is split into two works, with In The Blood preceding this by one year. The reviled and controversial character of Hester forms the focal points of these two plays; In "F*cking A", this version of Hester is a local abortionist, who women both turn to in need, whilst at the same time, condemning her as a criminal for her work. Branded with the letter A, Hester is forced to navigate a legal system that stacks the odds against her.

The Red Letter Plays: In the Blood

Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

August 29-October 8, 2017

Playing in rep with her play "F*cking A" for the very first time, Susan Lori Parks' "In The Blood" again explores the themes of sex, vegeance and society, in her interpretation of Nathaniel Hawthorne's explosive The Scarlet Letter. In The Blood takes a different view of the anti-heroine known as Hester; instead of condemned abortionist, this version of Hester is a single mother of five children, all with different fathers. She is also branded with the letter A - this time for adultress.

Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train

Irene Diamond Stage at Signature Theatre

October 3-November 12, 2017

Can murderers ever truly find redemption? This is the question asked in this new revival of Stephen Adly Guirgis' 2000 acclaimed drama. Praised by both Ben Brantley (The New York Times and The Village Voice's Michael Feingold, it was also notable for its directing talent; the late Philip Seymour Hoffman. The story focuses on a 30-year-old bicycle messenger who is languishing until trial for murder on Rikers Island, and his friendship with a seemingly innocent man, who claims to have found Jesus, whilst awaiting his own trial.

Edward Albee's At Home at the Zoo

Irene Diamond Stage at Signature Theatre

January 30-March 11, 2018

Honoring the work of the late thrice- Pulitzer Prize for Drama-winning Edward Albee, this new revival of his 2004 play is directed by the in-demand Lila Neugebauer, a year after this death. A work that was in fact an extension of his 1959 one-act drama The Zoo Story, this play explores the life of one man, Peter as he and his wife discuss the ennui in their marriage. We then follow Peter him to the zoo for some quiet contemplation, only to have his life shattered completely.

Peace for Mary Frances

Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre

Opens April 6, 2018

Lois Smith takes the lead in this poignant and hysterically funny comedy-drama, that explores the tempestuous relationships between a New England matriarch and her family. Lily Thorne's latest world premiere will be under the helm of in-demand director Lila Neugebauer, whose previous credits include 2015's Kill Floor, The Aliens, The Valley of Fear, Trudy & Max in Love and many others. Smith's most recent role was in Jordan Harrison's 2015 drama Marjorie Prime. This newest play will form part of The New Group's Spring 2018 season.


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