Music Department

The Provincetown Playhouse Grand Re-Opening Celebration

NYU proudly celebrates the re-opening of the historic Provincetown Playhouse with a special series of events throughout the 2010-11 Season.

Saturdays, June 2011, 3pm and 7:30 pm

New Plays for Young Audiences

Walking Toward America by Sandra Fenichel Asher
Readings on Saturday, June 11 at 3pm and 7:30pm and June 12 at 3pm
Echo and Dorian by Diane Samuels
Readings on Saturday, June 18 at 3pm and 7:30pm and June 19 at 3pm
The Three Little Wolves by Larry Brenner
Readings on Saturday, June 25 at 3pm and 7:30pm and June 26 at 3pm

Free and open to the public

Each June since 1998, the Program in Educational Theatre at New York University has offered a play development series at the landmark Provincetown Playhouse.  The tradition and practice of developing new scripts and new talents dates back to the early days of the Provincetown Playhouse.

Saturday, June 18, 2011, 4:30 - 5:30 pm

Theatre for Young Audiences Roundtable

Join us as the NYU Steinhardt Program in Educational Theatre innovates TYA.
How do we foster the next generation of TYA artists-educators?
What are the indicators of quality TYA training?
How can cultural institutions inform TYA at the College level?
Sandy Asher, Diane Samuels and other leading TYA figures join moderator Philip Taylor, Director, Program in Educational Theatre, for a lively discussion. All roundtable participants are invited  to see the staged reading of Samuel's  "Echo and Dorian" on Saturday, June 18 at 3 pm or 7:30 pm.
RSVP for the Roundtable and show by June 15, 2011 to Jim DeVivo,


Wednesday, June 22 - Sunday, June 26, 2011

Eugene O'Neill Society Conference
Co-hosted by New York University, the NYU Gallatin School, and the NYU Steinhardt School

The Eugene O'Neill Society holds biannual scholarly conferences on the life, work, and legacy of Eugene O'Neill, who has been called the founder of American theatre. O'Neill founded, with others, the Provincetown Players and was among the first performers and playwrights for the Provincetown Playhouse in the early 1900s.

July 2011

Looking for Shakespeare

High school youth from across the country come to Provincetown to work with faculty and graduate students in our Program in Educational Theatre to create and perform in their own modern version of a classic Shakespeare play, continuing the Playhouse's long tradition of presenting new works.  Their final performance is free and open to the public.Sunday, Sept. 26, 2010, 3 p.m.

Previous Events

Sunday, April 10, 2011, 3 p.m.

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse: MYTHOLOJAZZ
Tickets:  $5.  Children and NYU Students free.
Storytelling Series by Regina Ress, featuring David Gonzalez
Sponsored by the Program in Educational Theatre

Friday-Sunday February 25-27, 2011 and
Thursday-Sunday, March 3-6, 2011

Plays from the Provincetown Players
One act plays by Susan Glaspell, Eugene O'Neill, and Edna St. Vincent Millay

Presented by the NYU Steinhardt program in Educational Theatre
All open to the public; tickets $5-15

The Provincetown Players was an amateur group of actors, writers, and artists who came together to create and perform new works by American playwrights, first in Provincetown, Massachusetts in 1915 and then in Greenwich Village at the Provincetown Playhouse in 1916. The Provincetown Players helped to launch the careers of Eugene O'Neill, Susan Glaspell, and others.

Friday, February 11, 2011, 8 p.m.

Storytelling at the Provincetown Playhouse: Stories about the Provincetown Playhouse and Greenwich Village
Tickets:  $5.  Children and NYU Students free.
Storytelling Series by Regina Ress
Sponsored by the Program in Educational Theatre

Sunday, December 19th, 2010, 7 p.m.

A Conversation with Edward Albee and Others
An evening of conversation about Off-Broadway theatre and the Provincetown Playhouse as the birthplace of American theatre with:

Village Voice theatre critic and moderator Michael Feingold
Playwright Edward Albee,
Living Theater's Judith Malina,
La Mama's Ozzie Rodriguez

Watch the video

Tony Award-winning playwright Edward Albee, Obie Award winner and founder of the Living Theatre Judith Malina, and director of the archives of La Mama Experimental Theater Ozzie Rodriguez, will join in discussion with Village Voice theatre critic Michael Feingold. 

This special panel discussion on the history of off-Broadway theatre brings together three of the leading lights of American theatre in what has become known as the birthplace of American theatre-the Provincetown Playhouse. The Playhouse, which was the first to present the work of Eugene O'Neill and others, was the site of the American debut of Albee's first play, The Zoo Story in 1960.

Co-sponsored by the League of Off-Broadway Theatres and Producers and NYU's Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. 

Saturday, December 11, 2010, 12-5 p.m.

Open House
The Provincetown Playhouse opens its doors to the Greenwich Village community and the general public. Come by for cider, cookies, and live music, view the new exhibitions in the lobby, and tour the theatre.

See hightlights of the event, or watch the Tribute to the Provicentown Playhouse and the Swortzell Legacy video

Friday-Sunday, November 14, 2010

Friday, November 12-Sunday, November 14, 2010, 8 p.m.
Friday and Saturday Only, 3 p.m. matinee Saturday

A musical on war, bureaucracy and the common man
Book by Al Carmines in collaboration with Maria Irene Fornes
Presented by the NYU Steinhardt Program in Vocal Performance

Carmines was a prolific producer, composer, and actor and served as assistant rector of the Judson Memorial Poet's Theatre from 1961-1981. This musical reflects the history of cutting-edge experimental theatre that marks much of the Provincetown Playhouse's history.

Sunday, November 14, 2010, 7 p.m.
Special performance of Promenade for members of the Judson Memorial Community and other community members

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Rejoice! The New York Story Continues...
Stories for family audiences in celebration of the enduring spirit of life and art
Storytelling Series by Regina Ress
Sponsored by the Program in Educational Theatre