In the 19th century, the building that houses this historic, 199 seat off-Broadway theater was known as the Huron Club, a popular meeting house and night club for the Democratic Party. Prominent regulars from the Tammany Hall machine included “Battery” Dan Finn and the infamous Jimmy “Beau James” Walker, known as “the night mayor” due to his predilection for jazz clubs and chorus girls.
The main floor was transformed into a theater in the 1920s, and in the 60s was operated as the Village South, home to Playwrights Unit Workshop under the direction of Edward Albee. It was on this stage that Mr. Albee produced many first works of Terrence McNally, John Guare, Lanford Wilson, Sam Shephard, A.R. Gurney and Leroi Jones.
This 200-seat theater dates to the 1920s.