Classic Stage Company

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Classic Stage Company, or CSC, is a classical Off-Broadway theater dedicated to reimagining the classical repertory for a contemporary American audience, presenting plays from the past that speak directly to today's issues. Founded in 1967, Classic Stage Company is one of Off-Broadway's longest-enduring theaters. Its 180-seat theatre is located at 136 East 13th Street between Third and Fourth Avenues in the East Village near Union Square in Manhattan, New York City.

Classic Stage Company is led by Artistic Director Brian Kulick and Executive Director Jessica R. Jenen. Its productions have been cited repeatedly by the major Off-Broadway theater awards: Obie Award, Drama Desk Award, Outer Critics Circle Award, Drama League Award and 1999 Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work.


Recfent productions include The Tempest starring Mandy Patinkin and continued with Uncle Vanya starring Denis O'Hare, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Peter Sarsgaard and the world premiere of An Oresteia, with new translations by acclaimed poet Anne Carson, Chekhov's The Seagull starring Dianne Wiest and Alan Cumming, as well as Richard III with Michael Cumpsty and the world premiere of New Jerusalem by David Ives.

Other past productions have included Hamlet and Richard II, both starring Michael Cumpsty; world premiere of Kathleen Tolan's new translation of The False Servant by Marivaux, directed by Brian Kulick; New York premiere of SITI Company's Death and the Ploughman by Johannes von Saaz, directed by Anne Bogart; Big Dance Theater's Antigone by Mac Wellman, directed by Paul Lazar; The Mysteries by Mikhail Bulgakov, Dario Fo, Tony Harrison and Borislav Pekić, directed by Brian Kulick; Savannah Bay by Marguerite Duras, directed by Les Waters; Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale, directed by Barry Edelstein; New York premiere of Ghosts translated by Lanford Wilson; New York premiere of SITI Company's Room; world premiere of Steve Martin's adaptation of The Underpants, now published by Hyperion Books; world premiere of Monster by Neal Bell, directed by Michael Greif; New York premiere of Philip Glass' In the Penal Colony, directed by JoAnne Akalaitis; Ferdinand Bruckner's Race, available from Dramatists Play Service; and Bill Irwin's adaptation of Beckett's Texts for Nothing; John Turturro, Tony Shalhoub and Christopher Lloyd appeared in Waiting for Godot, and Uma Thurman made her stage debut in The Misanthrope. Dan Castellaneta made his New York stage debut in The Alchemist, and Mira Sorvino and Daniel Benzali appeared in Pirandello's Naked.

Other prominent artists who have worked at Classic Stage Company include Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Jean Stapleton, David Strathairn, Peter Riegert, Frances McDormand, Billy Crudup, Mandy Patinkin, Eric Bogosian, Michael Torke and many others.

Corporate, Foundation and Government Supporters
  • American Theatre Wing
  • Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
  • The Angelson Family Foundation
  • Axe-Houghton Foundation
  • Barbara Bell Cumming Foundation
  • Bay and Paul Foundations, Inc.
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York on behalf of Michael Bloomberg
  • Charles and Lucille King Family Foundation
  • David Berg Foundation
  • Edith C. Blum Foundation
  • The Spielberg Foundation
  • The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation
  • Friars Foundation
  • Gensler
  • Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
  • Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust
  • Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation
  • Jacob L. and Lillian Holtzmann Foundation
  • The Laura Pels International Fund for Theatre
  • Lila Acheson Wallace Theatre Fund
  • Lucille Lortel Foundation
  • Memorial Foundation for the Arts
  • Michael Tuch Foundation
  • National Endowment for the Arts
  • New York City Department of Cultural Affairs
  • New York State Council on the Arts
  • New York Times Company Foundation Fund for Midsize Theatres, a project of A.R.T./New York
  • The PECO Foundation
  • The Puffin Foundation, Ltd.
  • Scherman Foundation
  • Shakespeare for a New Generation, a national initiative sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Arts Midwest
  • The Shakespeare Society
  • Shubert Foundation
  • Stage Directors & Choreographers Foundation
  • Theatre Communications Group
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Hamlet, Performance, Michael Cumpsty (2005)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Monster, Performance, Christopher Donahue (2002)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Texts for Nothing, Set Design, Douglas Stein (2001)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Texts for Nothing, Performance, Bill Irwin (2001)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for I Will Bear Witness, Performance, George Bartenieff (2001)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Race and I Will Bear Witness, Set Design, Neil Patel (2001)
  • Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Body of Work (1999)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Costume Design, Martin Pakledinaz, The Misanthrope (1999)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Direction, David Esbjornson, Thérèse Raquin (1998)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Performance, Elizabeth Marvel, Thérèse Raquin (1998)
  • Lucille Lortel Award for Best Revival, Entertaining Mr. Sloane (1996)
  • Village Voice OBIE Award for Outstanding Achievement (1995)
  • Village Voice OBIE for Performance, Peter Francis James, Amphitryon (1995)
  • Outer Critics Circle Citation for Sustained Excellence (1995)
  • Village Voice OBIE for Lighting Design, Brian MacDevitt, The Maids, The Illusion and Triumph of Love (1994)