Awards & Recognition
2013-15 Recipient of the 50/50 Applause Award, awarded by the International Centre for Women Playwrights to recognize theaters that produce female playwrights at least 50% of the time.
Read the announcement on Broadwayworld.com. Learn more at womenplaywrights.org.
- 2010-2011 Off Broadway Alliance Award nomination: Best Musical Revival, Nunsense
- Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance: Judith Ivey, The Lady with all the Answers
- Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show, The Lady with all the Answers
- Outer Critics Circle Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance: Judith Ivey, The Lady with all the Answers
- 2009 James Kirkwood Award presented to Mentor Project for "fostering and promoting the work of contemporary American playwrights." Presented by the Dramatists Guild Fund
- 2008 OBIE AWARD, The Ross Wetzsteon Award for Outstanding Achievement in the Development of New Work presented to Mentor Project
- Cherry Lane Theatre’s 2008 Heritage Series Revival of Edward Albee’s The American Dream and The Sandbox, which originally premiered at the theatre in 1961 and 1962 respectively was filmed by PBS’ American Masters and Lincoln Center Library.
- Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation’s 2006 Village Award presented to Cherry Lane Theatre for a thoughtful façade renovation and contribution to the quality of life in Greenwich Village and New York City for 82 years.
- AUDELCO Winner for Supporting Actress: Marjorie Johnson, Hoodoo Love
- 3 AUDELCO Nominations including August Wilson Playwright Award, Hoodoo Love
- Drama Desk Award Nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play: Jennifer Mudge, Dutchman
- 4th Annual Seldes-Kanin Fellowship recipient: Jennifer Mudge, Dutchman
- Cherry Lane’s 2007 Heritage Series revival of Amiri Baraka’s Dutchman, which premiered at Cherry Lane Theatre in 1964, was filmed by Lincoln Center Library.
- Runner up Yale Drama Series Competition: David C. Horn Prize for Playwriting, The Secret Agenda of Trees (Mentor Project 2007)
- 2006 Smith Prize, National New Play Network, Topsy Turvy Mouse (Mentor Project 2007)
- Outer Critics Circle John Gassner Playwriting Nomination: Daisy Foote, Bhutan
- Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding Actress in a Play: Jan Maxwell, Sixteen Wounded
- Lucille Lortel Award Nomination for Outstanding Solo Show, Women on Fire
- The Dramatists Guild Fund’s Madge Evans and Sidney Kingsley Award: Judith Ivey, Women on Fire
- The 2002 Heritage Series revival of the Cherry Lane 1961 American premiere of Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days was filmed by Lincoln Center Library.
- Humana Festival finalist, Havana Is Waiting
- Havana Is Waiting was filmed by Lincoln Center Library.
- Audelco Award Winner for Lead Actor: Willis Burks II, St. Lucy’s Eyes
- Audelco Award Winner for Lead Actress: Ruby Dee, St. Lucy’s Eyes
- Audelco Award Winner for Lighting Design: Jane Reisman, St. Lucy’s Eyes
- Audelco Award Nomination for Dramatic Production of the Year, St. Lucy’s Eyes
- St. Lucy’s Eyes was filmed by Lincoln Center Library.
- Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Solo Performance, Black Humor: The Comedy of Lewis Black
The American Dream & The Sandbox
“Mr. Albee’s baldest satire and his most stingingly personal work. The ORIGINAL GENIUS that is Albee is in evidence. ”
“There's not a more blindingly complacent creature in town these days than the woman known as Mommy, who can be found strutting her smugness at the VENERABLE Cherry Lane Theatre” New York Times
“SURPRISINGLY FRESH – AND ALARMINGLY RELEVANT”
“These early plays survive – to be rediscovered by every successive generation”
“These greedy, grasping creatures embody the monstrous excesses of American cultural values.”
“Loud and vulgar is the message.”
“Some of the most SADISTICALLY FUNNY lines ever heard on stage!”
“Albee is a MASTER OF LANGUAGE” Variety
“Anyone interested in modern theater should head to the Cherry Lane.”
“While the passage of time may have dissipated some of the shock value of The American Dream and The Sandbox, they still startle and amuse.”
“POTENT THEATRICALITY and ANARCHIC HUMOR.” New York Post
“these two seminal 1959 and 1960 acts of absurdist provocation have been revived at the Cherry Lane Theatre, itself the historical center for much of 20th century theater sedition in Greenwich Village.” Newsday
“An excellent, troubling production at the tiny Cherry Lane Theatre downtown, and it would be a foolish—or patronizing—person who questioned its relevance today.” New York Observer
“The explosive subway-car drama returns, roaring and screeching to the place where it first pulled out of the station.” Associated Press
“So here we are, back in the heat of more questioning times in the lovingly revitalized Cherry Lane playhouse where so many important voices were originally heard.” Newsday
“Cherry Lane Theatre has taken a big chance with its new production of Amiri Baraka's Dutchman, but it's not the first time. And this time, like the last, the effort appears to have paid off.” OffOffOnline
“Dutchman has aged gracefully since its premiere (also at the Cherry Lane) in 1964.” The Village Voice
“Bill Duke’s thrilling revival of the show, at the Cherry Lane, where it first opened on March 24, 1964, and created a sensation. The play is still a sensation.” The New Yorker
The Cherry Lane
The New York Times, 1930: “It still remains a Greenwich Village paradox that the smallest stage in town is asked to accommodate no end of enthusiastic performers.”
The Village Voice: “...the famed Commerce Street institution... staging many of the most cutting-edge and influential plays by young writers.”
Variety: “Anyone interested in modern theater should head to the Cherry Lane.”
Newsday on The American Dream and The Sandbox: “these two seminal 1959 and 1960 acts of absurdist provocation have been revived at the Cherry Lane Theatre, itself the historical center for much of 20th century theater sedition in Greenwich Village.”
American Theatre Wing: “In recognition of consistent commitment to excellence in theatre”
2008 Obie Awards: “In recognition of outstanding achievement in Off-Broadway and Off-Off Broadway theater during the 2007-2008 season”
The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation 2006 Award, for “Its contribution to the quality of theater in Greenwich Village and New York City for 82 years”
Rod Steiger: “I applaud all the great artists that have worked at the Cherry Lane Theatre throughout its history. This place is small, but the ideas are big!”
José Quintero: “I don’t want to do Broadway. I want to work at the Cherry Lane.”
Joe Orton: “I’m very disappointed to be produced on Broadway. I wanted the Cherry Lane.”
Ruby Dee: “Thanks for one of the most memorable times in my life as an actor! Glorious life continued to the Cherry Lane Theatre.”
Harold Prince: “Once again, I enjoyed sitting in the Cherry Lane Theatre. I have lost count of how many productions I have seen there. It is a choice venue.”
Office of NYC Mayor: “I, Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of the city of New York, in recognition of this important [80th] anniversary, do hereby proclaim Sunday, April 3, 2005 in the city of New York: Cherry Lane Theatre Day.”
Office of NYC Mayor, Rudolph W. Giuliani: “In recognition of more than 25 years of service to Greenwich Village.”
C. Virginia Fields, President, Borough of Manhattan: “Cherry Lane Theatre encourages and enables many of the most creative, avant garde talents to establish themselves as writers and performing artists.”
Berrilla Kerr Foundation: “Celebrating the contributions made to contemporary American Theatre.”
Young Playwrights, Inc: “You are truly providing an artistic home for the future of the American Theatre.”
Israel Horovitz: "My absolute favorite theater in New York City. Period."