Expanded Home and Mission for Signature Theatre Company

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Part of the mission of New York’s Signature Theatre Company, the Off-Broadway company founded in 1991, is to give season-long attention to the work of living American playwrights. With its expansion to a new Frank Gehry-designed complex this spring, it seems the Signature’s mission has expanded, too.

Works by South African playwright Athol Fugard are getting a season’s worth of productions from Signature, some of them directed by Fugard himself, including Blood Knot, a play created half a century ago.

The New York Times theater critic Charles Isherwood gives us a quick tour of the Signature’s new home – the Pershing Square Signature Center on the corner of 42nd Street and 10th Avenue, which contains three theater spaces as well as a café and bar – and a review of Blood Knot, which inaugurated Signature Center's Alice Griffin Jewel Box Theatre.

Colman Domingo (left) and Scott Shepherd in Blood Knot. (© Joan Marcus)