The Peccadillo Theater Company was founded in 1994 with the goal of reclaiming American plays of significant literary and theatrical value which, for whatever reason, have not been produced in New York City for many years. Inspired by Stephen Daldry’s TONY Award-winning production of An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestly, Peccadillo’s artistic director, Dan Wackerman, was convinced that similarly “old fashioned” American plays could and should be brought back to life.
From 1994 ’98, Peccadillo was in residence on a block in the East Village known as Off Off Broadway row, East 4th Street between Second and Third Avenues. Once a Ukrainian social club, the building contained a 75 seat, proscenium stage theatre known as the Kraine as well as a 55 seat “cabaret” space called the Red Room Theatre @ KGB.
In 1999, Peccadillo took up residence on the other side of the Village at Bank Street Theatre, a charming 99-seat theatre, inside the courtyard of the Westbeth Arts Complex. Home to Peccadillo’s most memorable productions, many of which moved on to larger Off Broadway spaces, Bank Street Theatre served the company well for almost ten years. It was at Bank Street Theatre, for example, that Peccadillo first produced Elmer Rice’s Counsellor-at-Law, a production that eventually transferred to Theatre at Saint Clement’s in mid-town, winning both the OBIE and Lucille Lortel awards.
The great success of Counsellor-at-Law at Saint Clement’s in 2005 brought Peccadillo to the attention of a Vestry member of this well-known Episcopal church. (Operating as a theatre since the early 1960s, Saint Clement’s is the third-oldest Off Broadway theatre in the city. In 1989, its sanctuary was rebuilt as a 160-seat, proscenium style theatre with dressing rooms for 25, separate bathrooms for audience and actors and many other amenities.)
In 2007, Peccadillo was invited to take up residence at Saint Clement’s, following in the footsteps of such highly regarded theatre companies as American Place, The New Group and Theatre for a New Audience. Peccadillo’s artistic director, Dan Wackerman, was appointed as the new manager of this important Off Broadway space where such actors as Al Pacino, Dustin Hoffman and Faye Dunaway have performed and great works like American Buffalo and Garden of Earthly Delights were first produced. Ideally located in midtown Manhattan, just 3 blocks west of Times Square, Saint Clement’s is now the permanent home of The Peccadillo Theater Company and the destination for classic American theater in New York City.