MARTIN PLATT has been a Director, Producer, and General Manager in the U.S., U.K. and Europe for over forty years. A native of Beverly Hills, CA, Platt was the founding Artistic Director of the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (1972-1989); General Director Birmingham Opera Theatre (1989-90); Artistic Director New Mexico Repertory Theatre; Founder/Artistic Director Santa Fe Stages International Performing Art Festival. Co-Director Fifth Amendment Ltd (UK), producing over 50 international tours and West End Productions (1991-2001); Directed numerous productions throughout the U.S., as well as at the Bienale de Flamenco in Sevilla; Vienna English Theatre; Barbican Center (London); Birmingham Repertory Theatre (UK); Riverside Studios (London); West Yorkshire Playhouse (UK). As a Producer in the West End: Lend Me A Tenor: The Musical, Nixon’s Nixon, Gumboots, and A Woman in Waiting. In New York, off-Broadway Bedlam’s Hamlet & St. Joan, Here Lies Jenny, In the Continuum, An Oak Tree, and Treason. On Broadway, Vanya and Sonja and Masha and Spike (Tony, Drama Desk, Drama League, NY Theatre Critics Circle, Outer Critics Circle); and Dames at Sea. Martin is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University.
DAVID ELLIOTT is a Producer, Director and General Manager and serves as Co-Director of Perry Street Theatricals. Mr. Elliott recently served as the Artistic Director of the Cape Playhouse in Dennis, MA, producing 7 shows in the 97th season and directing the final production of The Fantasticks. He has produced or co-produced over twenty five productions in New York and London, including: Georgie (Loft @ the Davenport Theatre, Drama Desk Winner, Outer Critics Circle noms), Dames At Sea (Helen Hayes Theatre, Tony nom for Randy Skinner), Vanya And Sonia And Masha And Spike (Golden Theatre, TONY and Drama Desk Winner), My Life Is A Musical (Bay Street), Lend Me A Tenor The Musical (London, West End, Gielgud Theatre, Olivier nom.), Hamlet and Saint Joan (Bedlam, Off Broadway Alliance Winner, OBIE nom), an oak tree (Barrow Street Theatre, OBIE); In The Continuum (OBIE, Outer Critics); A Dangerous Personality (Women’s Project Theatre), Exits And Entrances (Edinburgh Fringe, Assembly), Treason; Gareth Armstrong’s Shylock (Outer Critics nom.); The Exonerated (Drama Desk, Outer Critics, Lortel, Edinburgh Fringe First); Temporary Help (Women’s Project Theatre); Carl The Second (29th Street Rep); Imperfect Love; The Perpetual Patient; Where Everything Is Everything; Wrong Way Up; I Wanna Be Adored (all at New York Performance Works); Once A Man, Twice A Boy (Irish Arts Center); Cut To The Chase (NYC Fringe). Workshops: Breaker Morant (DR2), The Gershwin’s ‘Tell Me More’ (New World). As a Director, his work has been seen at The Cape Playhouse, Olney Theatre, The Culture Project, The Irish Rep, Metropolitan Playhouse, The Zipper, The Players, New York Performance Works and Rattlestick.
PERRY STREET THEATRE – A BRIEF HISTORY
The Perry Street Theatre was one of Off Broadway’s most vibrant Playhouses and a staple of New York’s downtown theatre scene. Opened in 1975 under the direction of Vasek Simek, the theatre was home to many successful productions and residences including New York Theatre Workshop and the Barrow Group. The theatre housed many noted productions including the OBIE Award winning The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me and Dylan Thomas: Return Journey directed by Sir Anthony Hopkins.
In 2003, under the co-direction of David Elliott and Martin Platt, Perry Street Theatre re-opened, presenting Gareth Armstrong’s Outer Critics Circle nominated Shylock to rave reviews. Other productions include Sallie Bingham’s Treason and the multi-award winning In The Continuum by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, which then went on to a four-city U.S. tour, the Edinburgh Fringe, The Market Theatre in Johannesburg, The Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.
After losing the theater to commercial developers (click the image to the right for New York Magazine‘s opinion on this!), we produced and GM’d the OBIE Award winning an oak tree at the nearby Barrow Street Theatre, and the world premiere of A Dangerous Personality by Sallie Bingham at the Women’s Project Theatre. Shortly following, we headed uptown and after knocking around several spots in Times Square, we landed at 1650 Broadway in Suite #1002.