Bouwerie Lane Theater & the Jean Cocteau RepertoryA 35 year old classic repertory theatre company producing the works of the worlds' most celebrated authors, including German writers Bertolt Brecht, Georg Büchner, Heinrich von Kleist, Gotthold Ephraim Lessing, Friedrich von Schiller and August Strindberg.
Eve Adamson, one of the pioneers of the off-off-Broadway movement, founded Cocteau Rep in a storefront on Manhattan's Lower East Side. The theatre found a receptive audience, and in 1974 moved into the historic landmark Bouwerie Lane Theatre in the Noho area. Today, under the creative leadership of David Fuller, the theatre's resident acting company presents over 200 performances in each ten-month season to approximately 25,000 patrons.
Bouwerie Lane Theater
Designed by Henry Engelbert, the cast iron building of the Bouwerie Lane Theater is a rare example of the French Second Empire style, and is an historic landmark. The building was home to the German Exchange Bank, then later housed the Bond Street Savings Bank. The space was converted into a theater in 1963. The old vault still exists in the basement and the box office window was one of the original teller windows.