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23rd Season ~ Progress
Metropolitan is the Obie Award winning theater
"helping us see, theatrically, where we’ve been and where we are."

We devote the 23rd Mainstage Season to plays about Progress--emotional, political, cultural.
If America is grand experiment, how're we doing?

4 Plays ~ The East Village Festival ~ Concerts and Special Events

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~ Fall 2014 ~

by Owen Davis

(1922) Pulitzer Prize-winner
September 19 - October 19

Winner of the 1923 Pulitzer Prize by the author of The Detour.

When the cold matriarch of a rural Maine family dies, she leaves her fortune and estate to a grim step cousin, stranding her three grasping and entitled eldest children. To compound the injury, the new heiress refuses them any assistance, and she takes on as a hand the black sheep of the family: their ne'er-do-well brother on the run from the law. She proves a stern task-master; he a resentful partner, yet they begin to envision a better future in spite of themselves. But nature will out in a play that asks whether our habits and fears will always defy our highest aspirations.


November 14 - December 14

~ Spring 2015 ~


February 13- March 15, 2015

6th Annual
East Village Theater Festival

East Side Stories
April 12 - April 26, 2015

(Pass holders receive 20% off  admission to these events.) 
4 evenings of ALL NEW one-act plays inspired by the life and lore of the Lower East Side.


May 22 - June 21

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Schedule subject to change. Metropolitan reserves the right to substitute alternate productions and to change performance dates as needed for any scheduled programs.

Now in its Twenty-third Season, Metropolitan Playhouse is devoted to the exploring and enriching America's theatrical legacy and the discovery of that tradition's place in world theater. Metropolitan focuses on three types of production: forgotten American masterpieces like past seasons'
The Detour, Both Your Houses, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Metamora, The City, Fashion, Sun-Up, The Faith Healer, The Woman, The Easiest Way, Whatever Happened to Jones, One Third of a Nation, and The Streets of New York; new plays based on America's history and literature, such as the East Village Chronicles, Salem, The O. Henry Conspiracy, Washington Irving's Sketchbook, and History Lessons; and works from around the world that put these American works in context, such as Arden of Faversham, Bacchus, Oedipus Rex and Dom Juan.
In 1922, the Jordan family is one of the oldest and finest families in a Maine farming community.  After the death of the matriarch, three grasping and entitled heirs are dismayed and insulted that the family fortune is left to a shrewish second cousin, and bewildered that she should both refuse them any assistance and yet take on as a farm hand the fourth heir, a prodigal black sheep in the family. She proves a stern task-master; he a resentful but hard working partner. Can a true love be born of a union arranged from beyond the grave, or do our natures defy our highest aspirations?