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th Street location since 1995. The complex was developed with the support of the Steinbergs to support an artistic mission of fostering emerging talent in playwriting, performance and stagecraft. The Laura Pels is used for new works by established playwrights. The Underground Black Box is for new works of emerging writers and directors.
The intimate Laura Pels Theatre has 15 rows in the orchestra level and three rows in the mezzanine. Seat configuration on both levels include a center section and seats right and left separated by two center aisles. With no orchestra pit, the first row is mere feet from the stage. The box office is located at street level. The theatre is underground and is accessed via a set of stairs and escalator or elevator. An intimate lounge serving drinks and snacks including seating and tables is larger than similar spaces in most Broadway theatres.
Some of the productions to play the theatre include new works and revivals: ‘The Foreigner’ (2004) starring Matthew Broderick; ‘Entertaining Mr. Sloane’ (2006) starring Alec Baldwin; ‘Mr. Marmalade’ (2005) starring Michael C. Hall (TV’s “Dexter”); ‘Suddenly Last Summer” (2006) starring Blythe Danner and Carla Gugino; ‘Howard Katz’ (2008) starring Alfred Molina; ‘Crimes of the Heart’ (2008) directed by Kathleen Turner; ‘Distracted’ (2009) starring Cynthia Nixon. 'Death Takes A Holiday' which opens later this summer in 2011 is one of the few musicals to be staged at the theatre.
|The theatre's bar with tables and seats|