The Players Theatre is a magnetic site in Greenwich Village, which draws in art lovers and practitioners. Rehearsal studios, office space (for art projects), two theaters (199 and 50 seats) and Cafe Wha? occupy the building.
Cafe Wha? is a fixture in New York cultural landscape. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, Woody Allen and a great number of other musicians, stand-up artists and poets have started out here. The place founded by Manny Roth in 1959 remains a tourist attraction and an important historical site. For many performers this is a very special concert venue, where the close and intimate feel of the space does not allow for anything less than 100%.
Cafe Wha? may be the most famous, but it's definitely not the only place in the neighborhood to stop by for lunch or dinner. The Players Theatre website offers a short guide with their preferred locations and comments.
The theaters in the building have been home to many successful long-running productions, including An Evening with Quentin Crisp, Ruthless, Psycho Beach Party. Theatre spaces are available for private events.