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Signature Theatre Company (New York City)

The Pershing Square Signature Center
Address 480 West 42nd Street
New York City
United States
Owner Signature Theatre Company
Type Off-Broadway
Capacity Irene Diamond Stage: 294
Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre: 191
Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre:191
Architect Frank Gehry Architects

Signature Theatre Company was founded in 1991 by James Houghton.[1]

Signature has presented entire seasons of the work of Edward Albee, Lee Blessing, David Henry Hwang, Horton Foote, Maria Irene Fornes, Athol Fugard, John Guare, Bill Irwin, Adrienne Kennedy, Romulus Linney, Charles Mee, Arthur Miller, Sam Shepard, Paula Vogel, August Wilson, Lanford Wilson, and a season celebrating the historic Negro Ensemble Company.

In October 2008, Signature announced the creation of The Pershing Square Signature Center. Designed by Frank Gehry Architects, the Center comprises three theatres, two rehearsal studios, a café and bar, bookstore, and offices all on one level. In its new home, Signature continues its Residency One and Legacy Program. Signature also introduced Residency Five, a program that will feature early- and mid-career playwrights and guarantee them three full productions over the course of a five-year residency.

Signature, its productions and its resident writers have been recognized with a Pulitzer Prize, a 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award,[2] eleven Lucille Lortel Awards, fifteen Obie Awards, five Drama Desk Awards, and thirty-two AUDELCO Awards. The National Theatre Conference recognized the company as the 2003 Outstanding National Theatre of the Year..

Season history

+ indicates World Premiere production

1991 - 92 Season: Romulus Linney

  • F.M.
  • The Love Suicide of Schofield Barracks
  • The Sorrows of Frederick
  • Heathen Valley
  • A Woman Without a Name
  • Ambrosio+

1992 - 93 Season: Lee Blessing

  • Fortinbras
  • Lake Street Extension
  • Two Rooms
  • Patient A+

1993 - 94 Season: Edward Albee

  • Marriage Play
  • Counting the Ways and Listening
  • Sand: Box, The Sandbox and Finding the Sun
  • Fragments+

1994 - 95 Season: Horton Foote

  • Talking Pictures
  • Night Seasons
  • The Young Man From Atlanta+
  • Laura Dennis+

1995 - 96 Season: Adrienne Kennedy

  • Funnyhouse of A Negro
  • A Movie Star Has to Star in Black and White
  • June and Jean in Concert+
  • Sleep Deprivation Chamber+
  • The Alexander Plays: Suzanne In Stages
  • Dramatic Circle
  • Ohio State Murders

1996 - 97 Season: Sam Shepard

  • When the World Was Green (co-written with Joseph Chaikin)
  • Chicago
  • The Tooth of Crime
  • Action
  • Killer's Head
  • The Sad Lament of Pecos Billon the Eve of Killing His Wife
  • Curse of the Starving Class

1997 - 98 Season: Arthur Miller

  • The American Clock
  • The Last Yankee
  • I Can't Remember Anything
  • The Pussycat & the Expert Plumber
  • Who Was a Man
  • Mr. Peter's Connections+

1998 - 99 Season: John Guare

  • Marco Polo Sings a Solo
  • Bosoms & Neglect
  • Lake Hollywood+

1999 - 2000 Season: Maria Irene Fornes

  • Mud
  • Drowning
  • Enter the Night
  • Letters from Cuba+

2000 - 2001 Season: All-Premiere Celebration Part 1

2001 - 2002 Season: All-Premiere Celebration Part 2

  • The Late Henry Moss by Sam Shepard
  • Occupant by Edward Albee+
  • A Few Stout Individuals by John Guare+

2002 - 2003 Season: Lanford Wilson

  • Burn This
  • Book of Days
  • Fifth of July
  • Rain Dance

2003 - 2004 Season: Bill Irwin

  • The Harlequin Studies+
  • The Regard Evening+
  • Mr. Fox: A Rumination+

2004 - 2005 Season: Paula Vogel

  • The Oldest Profession
  • Baltimore Waltz
  • Hot 'N' Throbbing

2005 - 2006 Season: 15th Anniversary Part I, Inaugural "Signature Series"

  • The Trip to Bountiful by Horton Foote
  • Landscape of the Body by John Guare

2006 - 2007 Season: 15th Anniversary Part II: August Wilson

  • Seven Guitars
  • Two Trains Running
  • King Hedley II

2007 - 2008 Season: Charles Mee

  • Iphigenia 2.0+
  • Queens Boulevard (the musical)+
  • Paradise Park+
  • Legacy Production: Occupant by Edward Albee

2008 - 2009 Season: The Negro Ensemble Company

2009 - 2010 Season: Horton Foote

  • The Orphans' Home Cycle, Part 1: The Story of a Childhood+
  • The Orphans' Home Cycle, Part 2: The Story of a Marriage+
  • The Orphans' Home Cycle, Part 3: The Story of a Family+[4]

2010 - 2011 Twentieth Anniversary Season: Tony Kushner[5]

2011 - 2012 Inaugural Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center: Athol Fugard

2012 - 2013 Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center: David Henry Hwang

2013 - 2014 Season at The Pershing Square Signature Center: David Henry Hwang

+ indicates World Premiere production

Signature Ticket Initiative

November 2005 marked the institution of the Signature Ticket Initiative, during which tickets to all performances for the initial run of every production are heavily subsidized to broaden the accessibility of Off-Broadway theatre. At the program's onset, tickets cost fifteen dollars, rather than the usual sixty-five. The Signature Ticket Initiative allows seventy percent of the cost of a full-priced ticket to be subsidized.

The lead sponsor on the program is Time Warner, who has made it possible to underwrite over sixty thousand patrons' tickets as of the 2007-2008 season. Other sponsors include The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Margot Adams in Memory of Mason Adams, American Express, The Carnegie Corporation of New York, The Shubert Foundation, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, The Ford Foundation, The Blanche and Irving Laurie Foundation, The Lucille Lortel Foundation, The Peter Norton Family Foundation, and The Harold and Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. The initiative is also supported by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York State Council on the Arts, a State Agency, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

The Pershing Square Signature Center

In 2012 Signature opened The Pershing Square Signature Center, its new Frank Gehry-designed home on 42nd Street.[6]

The Center comprises three theatre spaces, two studios, a shared lobby with a café and bar, bookshop, and concierge desk, and administrative offices that span 70,000 contiguous square feet in MiMA, a mixed-use Related Companies development.

Awards and recognition

Tony Awards

  • Regional Theatre Tony Award (2014) [7][8]

Pulitzer Prize

  • The Pulitzer Prize for Playwriting to Horton Foote for The Young Man from Atlanta (1995)[9]

Obie Awards[10]

  • Romulus Linney, Sustained Achievement in Playwriting (1992)
  • Edward Albee, Sustained Achievement in Playwriting (1994)
  • Adrienne Kennedy, Best American New Plays: June and Jean in Concert and Sleep Deprivation Chamber (1996)
  • Special Award to María Irene Fornés, Writing and Directing Letters from Cuba (2000)
  • Edward Norton, performance in Burn This (2003)
  • Lois Smith, performance in The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Sherie René Scott, performance in Landscape of the Body (2006)
  • Roslyn Ruff, performance in Seven Guitars (2007)
  • Lou Bellamy, performance in Two Trains Running (2007)
  • Ron Cephas Jones, performance in Two Trains Running (2007)
  • Kate Mulgrew, performance in Iphigenia 2.0 (2008)
  • Veanne Cox, Sustained Excellence in Performance (2008)
  • Jane Greenwood, Sustained Excellence in Costume Design (2008)
  • Adrienne Kennedy, Lifetime Achievement Award (2008)
  • Sonia Tayeh, choreography for Kung Fu (2014)
  • Emmanuel Brown, fight direction for Kung Fu (2014)[11]

Drama Desk Awards[12]

  • Honorary Award to Signature "For its unique concept that annually serves one playwright -- and many more audiences" (1996)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Award, Arthur Miller (1997)
  • Best Actress, Hallie Foote for her roles in the Horton Foote plays at Signature Theatre Company (1994–95)
  • Outstanding Actress in a Play, Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Lifetime Achievement in Theatre Award, Horton Foote (2006)

Lucille Lortel Awards[13]

  • Special Award, Horton Foote for an Individual Body of Work (1995)
  • Special Award, Signature Theatre Company for an Institutional Body of Work (1995)
  • Outstanding Revival, Fifth of July (2003)
  • Outstanding Revival, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Outstanding Director, Harris Yulin, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Outstanding Lead Actress, Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Outstanding Featured Actress, Hallie Foote, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)
  • Outstanding Featured Actress, Sherie Rene Scott, Landscape of the Body (2007)
  • Outstanding Featured Actor, Arthur French, Two Trains Running (2007)
  • Outstanding Revival, Two Trains Running (2007)
  • Outstanding Choreographer, Peter Pucci, Queens Boulevard (The Musical) (2008)

Outer Critics Circle Award[14]

  • Special Achievement Award, Horton Foote plays
  • Outstanding Actress in a Play, Lois Smith, The Trip to Bountiful (2006)

AUDELCO Awards[15]

  • Best Supporting Actress, Beatrice Winde, A Lesson Before Dying (2000)
  • Best Dramatic Production, Seven Guitars (2006)
  • Best Direction, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Seven Guitars (2006)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Charles Weldon, Seven Guitars (2006)
  • Best Sound Design, Darron L. West, Seven Guitars (2006)
  • Best Set Design, David Gallo, King Hedley II (2007)
  • Best Lighting Design,Thom Weaver, King Hedley II (2007)
  • Best Lead Actress, Lynda Gravatt, King Hedley II (2007)
  • Best Supporting Actor, Lou Myers, King Hedley II (2007)
  • Best Dramatic Production Award, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Direction Award, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Playwright Award, Leslie Lee, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Lead Actress Award, Leslie Uggams, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Supporting Actress Award, Yaya DaCosta, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Supporting Actor Award, John Earl Jelks, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Lighting Design Award, Marcus Doshi, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Set Design Award, Michael Carnahan, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Costume Design Award, Karen Perry, The First Breeze of Summer (2008)
  • Best Revival Award, Zooman and the Sign (2009)
  • Best Lighting Design, Matthew Frey, Zooman and the Sign (2009)
  • Outstanding Ensemble Performance Award, Kevin Carroll, Tracey Bonner and January Lavoy, Home (2009) [16]
  • Best Set Design, David Gallo, Hurt Village (2012)
  • Best Supporting Actress, Marsha Stephanie Blake, Hurt Village (2012)[17]
  • Best Revival Award, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Director/Dramatic Production Award, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Lead Actress Award, Roslyn Ruff, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Lead Actor Award, Brandon J. Dirden, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Supporting Actor Award, Chuck Cooper, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Lighting Design Award, Rui Rita, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Set Design Award, Michael Carnahan, The Piano Lesson (2013)
  • Best Costume Design Award, Karen Perry, The Piano Lesson (2013)[18]
  • Best Lighting Design Award, Thom Weaver, August Wilson’s How I Learned What I Learned (2014) [19]

Special Awards & Recognition

  • Time Magazine, Play of the Year: Two Rooms by Lee Blessing (1993)
  • NAAP Gradiva Award for Best Play: When the World Was Green (A Chef's Fable) by Sam Shepard and Joseph Chaikin (1997)[20]
  • Margo Jones Medal: James Houghton (1998)
  • PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award for Drama: John Guare (1998)
  • The National Theatre Conference Outstanding Achievement Award (2003)
  • Time Out Magazine, Top Ten Productions: Fifth of July by Lanford Wilson (2003)[21]


  1. ^ About Official site
  2. ^ Chang, Lia. "Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award"., April 29, 2014
  3. ^ "Production History," Signature Theatre Company Website, 2008.
  4. ^ "Season Schedule" Signature Theatre Company Website, 2009.
  5. ^ "Signature Theatre Company Announces Four Exciting Seasons," Signature Theatre Company Press Release, 13 June 2007.
  6. ^ Healy, Patrick. "Theater Complex Raises Its Curtain" The New York Times, January 30, 2012
  7. ^ "Regional Theatre Tony Award," Tony Awards, 2014.
  8. ^ Chang, Lia. "Signature Theatre to Be Honored with the 2014 Regional Theatre Tony Award"., April 29, 2014
  9. ^ "Drama," The Pulitzer Prize Website, 2008.
  10. ^ "Obies," Village Voice, 2008.
  11. ^ Chang, Lia. "Branden Jacob-Jenkins’ Appropriate, Lisa Kron’s Fun Home, Sonya Tayeh, Emmanuel Brown, Mia Katigbak, K. Todd Freeman, John Earl Jelks Among 2014 Obie Award Winners"., May 5, 2014
  12. ^ "Drama Desk Awards," The Drama Desk Awards, 2008.
  13. ^ "History," Lucille Lortel Foundation, 2008.
  14. ^ "Award Archives," Outer Critics Circle, 2008.
  15. ^ "AUDELCO," Audience Development Committee, Inc., 2008.
  16. ^ Chang, Lia. "Classical Theatre of Harlem’s Archbishop Supreme Tartuffe, MTC’s Ruined, De Shields and Nottage Among 2009 Audelco Winners"., November 19, 2009
  17. ^ "AUDELCO," Audience Development Committee, Inc., 2012.
  18. ^ Chang, Lia. "Signature’s Revival of The Piano Lesson Sweeps AUDELCO’s with 8 Wins including Best Revival, Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Roslyn Ruff, Chuck Cooper and Brandon J. Dirden; Also Among 2013 “VIV” Winners – Wild with Happy’s Colman Domingo and Sharon Washington, and Storyville’s Mercedes Ellington"., December 7, 2013
  19. ^ Chang, Lia. "Cheryl L. Davis’ Maid’s Door Sweeps AUDELCOs with 7 Wins; Complete List of 2014 AUDELCO Recipients"., November 19, 2014
  20. ^ "The Best Theatre of 1993," Time Magazine, 3 November 2005.
  21. ^ "Awards and Special Recognition Highlights," Signature Theatre Company Website, 2008.

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