In 1977, an empty century-old barn became a
repository of dreams as the home of Rockland
County's first year-round nonprofit
professional theatre, The Penguin Repertory
Penguin Rep, dubbed "the gutsiest little
theatre" by the
was founded by
Brancato, artistic director, with the
aim of adding a new kind of theatre to the
local cultural landscape: a professional
enterprise dedicated to:
promoting new voices and works which enrich
the body of American drama;
nurturing and developing new talent
for the stage;
and reaching new audiences for theatre.
The Theatre features 108
arranged in just 12 rows,
guaranteeing all patrons a
perfect view of the stage.
The theatre is heated in winter,
air conditioned in the summer,
and has wheelchair accessible
entrances, lobby, and restrooms.
The Barn Theatre also offers
of free parking.
Under the leadership of Mr. Brancato, cited
as "one of America's insightful young
directors," and Executive Director Andrew M.
Horn, the company has attracted more than
150,000 audience members from the lower
Hudson Valley and beyond to its intimate
108-seat theatre in Stony Point (Rockland
The company has brought such outstanding
Celeste Holm, Robert Klein, Deborah Hedwall,
David Canary, Joy Behar,
, Tovah Feldshuh,
Richard Kline, Barbara Feldon, Lou
Gregg Edelman, Arlene Dahl,
to name but a few, to local audiences.
Penguin Rep has presented more than 100
critically and popularly acclaimed
productions , including premieres by such
playwrights as Warren Leight (author of
Arthur Laurents (West
Elizabeth Swados (Runaways),
William Mastrosimone (Extremities),
and Ronald Harwood (Taking