Downtown Dramatics IX: St. Ann’s Warehouse

By Emma Gold, Highlighter Staff Columnist St. Ann’s Warehouse seems to be full of contradictions. It’s currently in its inaugural season, yet has been producing work since the 1980’s; it has always been rooted in New York, but fills its seasons with shows from around the country and around the world; and it constantly oscillates…

Downtown Dramatics VIII: SoHo Rep

By Emma Gold, Highlighter Staff Columnist Tucked away on a side street in SoHo is a small storefront that contains rather boisterous theater — theater that can’t seem to be contained by its own cramped walls. Soho Rep is known for premiering adventurous new works, although that wasn’t its original mission. Initially, its artistic directors…

Downtown Dramatics VII: Theatre For A New Audience

By Emma Gold, Highlighter staff columnist In the past few weeks, mainstream attention has been flooding to Theatre For A New Audience because of a single face: Oscar Isaac. A film favorite that has shot to stardom following his featured role in the latest “Star Wars film,” he is slated to play the titular role…

Downtown Dramatics VI: HERE Arts Center

By Emma Gold, Highlighter staff columnist The second I walked up to HERE Arts Center in SoHo for the first time, it immediately evoked images of “Rent.” The multicolored glass windows that comprise its exterior are reminiscent of the Life Cafe, a pseudo-bohemian, urban, and colorful space of expression. This is an apt definition for…

Downtown Dramatics: La MaMa ETC

By Emma Gold, a Highlighter staff columnist La MaMa ETC isn’t your mother’s theatre organization — well, it might have been if she grew up on the Lower East Side in the 1960s. Founded by fashion designer-turned-renowned director Ellen Stewart in 1961, La MaMa has been a cultural institution for experimental and off-off-Broadway works since…

Downtown Dramatics IV: New York Theatre Workshop

Emma Gold is a Highlighter staff columnist. It’s hard to make out the New York Theatre Workshop from the surrounding architecture with its minimalist exterior and unassuming glass doors. Within this downtown institution, however, history has been made since its founding in 1979. Its main theatre is a 198-seat proscenium stage, but instead of the…

Downtown Dramatics III: MCC/The Lucille Lortel Theatre

When you think of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, you think of household names on those infamous gold stars: Marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Walt Disney. Tucked away on Christopher Street in New York City, however, is a stretch of pavement called the Playwright’s Sidewalk which sits in front of the Lucille Lortel Theatre. This has…

Downtown Dramatics II: Playwrights Horizons

Disclaimer: Playwrights Horizons isn’t downtown. In fact, its home is right in the theater district on 42nd Street. However, I consider this an honorary downtown theater company, and the productions coming out of this off-Broadway venue are changing and inspiring what new plays can look and feel like. The founding of Playwrights Horizons at its…

Downtown Dramatics I: The Public

The lobby of the Public Theater is enough to fall in love at first sight. Converted from the former Astor Library, its detailed columns, digital chandelier and red glass accents are a gorgeous intersection of historical and modern, much like its productions. Often serving as a bridge between the mainstream, the experimental, and the classical,…