Allan Buchman, Founder and Artistic Director of New York City's Culture Project, has announced that the company will be changing the name of its mainstage venue from the 45 Bleecker to the Lynn Redgrave Theatre this coming June. Buchman formally announced these plans onstage during the opening night curtain call for the Culture Project's current production of Shaheed: The Dream and Death of Benazir Bhutto.
A Tony, Oscar, Emmy, and Grammy-nominated playwright, author, and actor, Lynn Redgrave had a long working history with the Culture Project before passing away in May 2010. She appeared in the original run of the Culture Project's The Exonerated as Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs. The company also presented several developmental readings of her third play, Nightingale. In 2007, she returned to the Culture Project stage with her sister Vanessa and brother Corin in A Question of Impeachment, a series of evenings that explored the case for impeaching former President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney.
A naming ceremony and commemorative gala in Ms. Redgrave's honor will take place on Monday, June 3 at Stage 48. Honorary Chairs for the evening will be Vanessa Redgrave, Liam Neeson, and Ms. Redgrave's three children, Annabel Clark, Ben Clark, and Pema Clark.