The Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation presents “The HB Playwrights Theatre: A West Village Haven for Theatre”


Thursday, September 10, 6:30 P.M.
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank Street
Hosted by Alan Pally (HB Board Member and former Manager of Public Programs at The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center)
With readings by Rochelle Oliver & Fritz Weaver.

This event will provide the general public with an introduction to and overview of the history of the HB Playwrights Theatre. Geared towards newcomers interested in becoming acquainted with HB and its history.

The HB Studio was already a thriving fixture in New York City’s cultural landscape when in 1965 founders Herbert Berghof and Uta Hagen realized their dream of establishing a theater. From his work on the film Cleopatra, Berghof earned the money to purchase the one-story garage they would convert to a 73-seat performance space.

For 50 years HB has presented productions, readings, panels, talks, and other theatrical events in this West Village gem. Now in its 70th year, HB Studio continues to provide a nurturing space for theater artists to work and practice, free from pressures related to commercial success.

Join us for a talk about the history of HB and its theater with short readings by HB notables from a few of the many plays performed there.