Lucille Lortel Theater



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The Lucille Lortel Theater venue was built as the Theater de Lys. It opened on June 9, 1953 with a production of Maya, a play by Simon Gantillon starring Kay Medford, Vivian Matalon, and Susan Strasberg, which closed after seven performances.
In 1955, financier Louis Schweitzer acquired the building as an anniversary present for his wife, actress-producer Lucille Lortel. In 1981, the year of her 81st birthday, the theatre was renamed in her honor.
In 1970, the Lucille Lortel Theater was used in Season 1, Episode 3 of McCloud in an episode called "Manhattan Manuhunt" showing both interior and an exterior shots with the original marquee "Theatre de Lys" (available for viewing on NetFlix S01E03 - McCloud "Manhattan Manhunt").
The Lucille Lortel Theatre was used for the filming of an episode of the TV comedy Friends as the set of one of Joey's plays in the episode "The One With The Screamer" guest starring Ben Stiller as Rachel's boyfriend Tommy.

Famous past productions:
1953:School for Scandal
1953:The Scarecrow
1953:The Little Clay Cart
1954: The Threepenny Opera
1956: Cry the Beloved Country
1964: As You Like It
1967:The Viewing by Lyle Kessler
1968: House of Flowers; Private Lives
1969: Dames at Sea
1971: Black Girl
1973: Moonchildren
1976: Eden
1981: Cloud 9; A Soldier's Play
1984: 'night, Mother
1987: Steel Magnolias
1990: Falsettoland
1992: Lips Together, Teeth Apart; The Destiny of Me
1996: The Boys in the Band
1997: As Bees in Honey Drown
2004: Fat Pig
2007: In a Dark Dark House
2007: Seussical
2008: reasons to be pretty
2009: Coraline