The Metropolitan Playhouse of New York is a producing theater in New York City. Founded in 1992, the theater is devoted to presenting plays that explore American culture, including seldom-produced American classics and new plays about American history and literature. Included among its best known revivals are George L. Aiken's adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Great Divide by William Vaughn Moody, The Drunkard by W. H. Smith, Inheritors by Susan Glaspell, The Melting Pot by Israel Zangwill, The City by Clyde Fitch, Metamora by John Augustus Stone, Sun-Up by Lula Vollmer, and The New York Idea by Langdon Mitchell. The company has also staged two 'Living Newspapers' from the Federal Theater Project: Arthur Arent's Power in 2007 and One-Third of a Nation in 2011.
East Village Theater Festival
In addition to historical American performance, Metropolitan Playhouse also dedicates itself to the exploration and celebration of the neighborhood in which it resides. The East Village Theater Festival is a combination of two of the theater's annual projects: the East Village Chronicles, a collection of new short plays about the life of the East Village, and Alphabet City, a collection of solo performance pieces derived from interviews with neighborhood residents. In addition to these two mainstage productions, the East Village Theater Festival features readings of other plays, as well as gallery presentations by local artists. The 2011 East Village Theater Festival will run from June 6 - 26.