The Cherry Lane Theatre — Birthed by Edna St. Vincent Millay, Birthplace of Beckett and Albee, and Now…Movie Star
In a new movie called “Adam,” the lead character has Asperger’s Syndrome and spends his time in the lobby of the Cherry Lane Theatre in Greenwich Village talking about its history — how it was a box factory in 1924, when it was converted into one of the oldest continuous theaters in the United States, which saw the American debuts of such classic works as “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett and “The Zoo Story” by Edward Albee.
His companions look at him strangely, which is probably why he left out that the theater was the birthed by Edna St. Vincent Millay, bohemian poet, and “it girl” who lived around the corner in the narrowest house in the Village and whose most famous poem is First Fig:
My candle burns at both ends’
It shall not last the night;
But ah my foes
and oh my friends —
It gives a lovely light.
The Cherry Lane Theatre is not just the sum of its history. It is still a living theater. Among the productions this coming season: “The Lady With All The Answers” by David Rambo, starring Judith Ivey as Ann Landers. It is scheduled to open in October.