New York Theatre Workshop is famous for having developed Jonathan Larson’s phenomenal rock musical Rent. The show had its world premiere production here in January 1996; Larson died tragically and unexpectedly on the night before the first performance. The show went on to have a 12-year run on Broadway and to tour the world.
NYTW began in 1979 as the brainchild of founding trustee Stephen Graham, who envisioned an organization that would support new playwrights and directors outside the commercial arena. The company was incorporated in 1982, and James Nicola came on board as artistic director in 1988. In addition to Rent, productions here have included Doug Wright’s Quills, Claudia Shear’s Blown Sideways Through Life, Tony Kushner’s Homebody/Kabul, and director Ivo Van Hove’s bold reinterpretations of A Streetcar Named Desire, Hedda Gabler, and The Little Foxes.
New York Theatre Workshop Information
- Public Transportation: Good (Convenient to subway lines F at 2nd Avenue; 6 at Astor Place; N and R at 8th Street/NYU; and buses M8, M15, M21, and M103)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $65, CheapTix Sundays $20 ticket for Sunday evening performances, $25 tickets for full-time students, $32 senior, discounts available for groups of 10 or more; see shows for free by being a volunteer usher. Shows available on Goldstar.com
- Subscriptions: Three-Play membership $142, SmartPass (four flex tickets) $190. Subscriber benefits include ticket-exchange privileges, encore admission privileges, special discounts to outside productions in the 4th Street Theatre, and discount on a Theatre for a New Audience subscription.