59E59 Theater Complex Unveiled
Located at 59 East 59th Street in Manhattan, the complex has three performance spaces: Theater A (199 seats), Theater B (99 seats) and Theater C (50 seats). It was built to help fulfill the goal of The Elysabeth Kleinhans Theatrical Foundation "to provide new and well-equipped theater spaces for not-for-profit companies at reasonable prices."
Amidst tours of the facility yesterday, a press conference was held in Theater A. Elysabeth Kleinhans expressed her happiness that Primary Stages would be the main stage's resident company and noted that construction on theaters B and C would be finished "in a couple of weeks." Casey Childs, executive producer of Primary Stages, said that the company enjoyed its previous home on West 45th street but that the facility was inadequate in terms of restrooms and dressing rooms, which is certainly not the case at 59E59. And Terrence McNally praised the Kleinhans foundation for "diversifying the theater district by opening in such a unique location."