Vineyard Playhouse

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The Vineyard Playhouse is a professional, non-profit working theater company on the island of Martha's Vineyard. Housed in a historic building in downtown Vineyard Haven, MA, the theater produces shows year-round.[1] It also hosts programs for children,[2] and was described in the Vineyard Gazette as "the longest running professional theatre on the Island."[3]


The Playhouse was established in 1982 by Eileen Wilson and Isabella Blake, according to the Playhouse's website,[4] and the theatre company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2007.


The repertoire ranges from summer shows featuring Broadway-quality actors as well as talented locals, to less posh but also impressive off-season shows, usually featuring local professional actors and members of the community. Traditionally the Christmas production is a family-oriented show that includes a large number of children. Most shows during the summer season are intended for adult audiences, but other shows are family-appropriate, and include roles for all ages. Some previous shows include The Snow Queen, The Homecoming, The Rimers of Eldridge, Romeo and Juliet, and Proof.[5]

Relationship With and Contributions to the Vineyard Community[edit]

MJ Bruder Munafo, the Playhouse's Artistic Director, has a reputation for supporting local artists and writers. The Playhouse often hosts readings of new works in progress, or stages pieces that show artistic merit.[6]


  1. ^ NY Times: Frommers review
  2. ^ Fodor's entry on the Vineyard Playhouse
  3. ^ "Vineyard Gazette article on 25th anniversary". Archived from the original on 2006-11-15. Retrieved 2007-09-20.
  4. ^ Vineyard Playhouse website, History page
  5. ^ "Vineyard Playouse production history. Accessed February 22, 2008". Archived from the original on March 14, 2008. Retrieved February 22, 2008.
  6. ^ MV Gazette: Short Works at the Playhouse

Coordinates: 41°27′19.7″N 70°36′14.4″W / 41.455472°N 70.604000°W / 41.455472; -70.604000