Founded in 1984 by Shepard Sobel and Joanne Camp, the Pearl focuses on season-specific training and craft-building. What distinguishes the Pearl from so many other off-Broadway theater companies is that it features a resident troupe of actors in a wide-ranging repertoire strongly rooted in the classics. The company seeks and develops actors with the technical abilities and the artistic inclination to create characters rather than to recreate types, and to approach each play on the author’s terms.
Among the company’s recent productions: J.M. Synge’s The Playboy of the Western World, G.B. Shaw’s Misalliance, Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, and Frank D. Gilroy’s The Subject Was Roses. The company has been honored with an Obie grant for continued artistic excellence, two Drama League nominations for outstanding play, and an American Theatre Wing grant for consistent commitment to excellence in the professional theatre.
Pearl Theatre Company Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (easily accessible by subway lines N, Q, and R at 57th Street/7th Avenue; F at 57th Street; B, D, and E at 7th Avenue; and buses M5, M7, M20, M31, M50, M57, and M104)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Performances/Programs: Performance schedule is Tuesday–Sunday
- Ticket Prices: Single tickets are $45–$55, Preview tickets $25; opening-night tickets $90, Rush tickets for seniors and 24-and-unders $23–$28; remaining tickets are sold for $10 on Thursdays (15 minutes prior to curtain). Group discounts are available, TDF vouchers accepted
- Subscriptions: Six-admission Flex Pass $230, Five-Play $120–$170 (opening night Five-Play $345), Four-Play $145, Three-Play $120.