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About Penguin


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 Company.  
Penguin Rep, dubbed "the gutsiest little theatre" by the NY Times, was founded by Joe 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 Bobbi Lewis Barn Theatre
The Theatre features 108 upholstered seats
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 plenty
of free parking.

Under the leadership of Mr. Brancato, cited by the NY Times 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 County), NY. 
 
The company  has brought such outstanding artists as Celeste Holm, Robert Klein, Deborah Hedwall, David Canary, Joy Behar, Karen Ziemba , Tovah Feldshuh, Richard Kline, Barbara Feldon, Lou Liberatore, Beth Fowler, Gregg Edelman, Arlene Dahl, Michele Pawk  and Joan Copeland, 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 Side Man), Arthur Laurents  (West Side Story), Elizabeth Swados (Runaways), William Mastrosimone (Extremities), and Ronald Harwood (Taking Sides).