Provincetown Playhouse

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The Provincetown Playhouse is an historic theatre at 133 MacDougal Street in Greenwich Village New York City. It is named for the Provincetown Players, who converted the former bottling plant into a theater in 1918. The original players were Eugene O’Neill, Edna St. Vincent Millay and Djuna Barnes. Paul Robeson performed at the theatre. E. E. Cummings had his plays performed in the building. Bette Davis made her New York stage debut in the facility.[1]

The theater was originally located at 139 MacDougal when it opened in 1916; it moved to its current space in 1918. The building was extensively renovated in 1940.[2] There has been controversy over whether the site deserves to have landmark status. The New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission on April 29, 2008 said that the site did not have the "historical and architectural integrity required for individual New York City landmark designation."[3]


  1. ^ "N.Y.U. Plan Threatens Historic Theater.". New York Times. Retrieved 2008-05-01. "New York University’s proposal to demolish the historic Provincetown Playhouse in Greenwich Village as part of its planned expansion over the next 25 years is meeting resistance from community leaders and scholars who say the building, where Eugene O’Neill’s plays were first produced, is an important site in American theater history." 
  2. ^ NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development; Facilities: Provincetown Playhouse
  3. ^ New York Times, Rebuilt Theater Opening Amid Debate, December 10, 2010

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Coordinates: 40°43′51″N 74°00′00″W / 40.7307°N 74.0000°W / 40.7307; -74.0000