Thursday, July 11, 2013

The Playwrights' Sidewalk Outside the Lucille Lortel Theatre

The Playwrights' Sidewalk
A corporate acquaintance now finds herself facing the dreaded commute to Jersey City, NJ. She has been trying out various subway connections to the Path and recently found herself strolling up Christopher Street and having a bit of fun checking out the shops and restaurants. She also noticed a rare treat in NYC - the Playwrights' Sidewalk outside The Lucille Lortell Theatre in the West Village.

The walk was unveiled in October 1998 and is a permanent monument to playwrights whose works have been performed Off Broadway at the Lucille Lortell and other theaters. I think that it is the only walk honoring playwrights in the country.

Recently, I went to see Neil LaBute's Reasons to be Happy at the Lucille Lortell and arrived early just to retake a closer look at the names on the gum encrusted walk.  Here are the names of the 50 or so featured playwrights in no particular order. 

Playwrights on the Playwrights' Sidewalk:
  • Charles Ludlam
    Horton Foote
    Romulus Linney
    Christopher Durang
    Mbongeni Ngema
    Michael Weller
    John Arden
    Tom Jones
    Harvey Schmidt
    Lanford Wilson
    Archibald MacLeish
    A.R. Gurney
    Mart Crowley
    John Guare
    David Mamet
    Sam Shepard
    Murray Schisgal
    Marsha Norman
    William M. Hoffman
    William Inge
    Arthur Miller
    Bertolt Brecht
    Sean O'Casey
    Caryl Churchill
    Samuel Beckett
    Ring Lardner
    Jean Genet
  • Eugene O'Neill
    Terrence McNally
    Athol Fugard
    Michael Cristofer
    Wendy Wasserstein
    Marc Blitzstein
    Edward Albee
    Tennessee Williams
    Norman Mailer
    Percy Mtwa
    Eugene Ionesco
    Yukio Mishima
    Langston Hughes
    Lee Blessing
    Derek Walcott
    Paula Vogel
    Larry Kramer
    Arthur Kopit
    Israel Horovitz
    Charles Busch
    Paul Zindel
    Douglas Carter Beane
    Adrienne Kennedy
    John Patrick Shanley
    Tony Kushner
    Norman Rosten

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