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Join Us- The Ghostlight Project

Join us this Thursday at the HB Playwrights  Theater as we participate in The Ghostlight Project!

Theater groups across the city and the U.S. will be holding “be a light” events next Thursday, January 19th, 2017 at 5:30pm as a collective, simultaneous action to reaffirm our commitment, as theater people, to protect values of inclusion, participation, and compassion for everyone — regardless of race, class, religion, country of origin, immigration status, (dis)ability, gender identity, or sexual orientation.

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Online Registration Unavailable April 23rd 6-10pm

Our online Registration System will under go routine server upgrades Saturday, April 23rd from 6-10pm. Please note that the system will be unavailable and you will not be able to access your account information or register for classes. If you have any urgent requests, please call the registration office (212) 675-2370 x1 or email All should be up and running on Sunday, April 24th. We will keep you notified if their are any additional changes.

HB Studio Staff

Talley’s Folly- A Benefit Production- Starring Judd Hirsch & Kathryn Danielle Studio Presents: Four Benefit Performances of 


by Lanford Wilson
starring Judd Hirsch & Kathryn Danielle
March 5, 6, 7, 8 at 8pm
HB Playwrights Theatre
124 Bank Street
New York, NY 10014

Ticket Options:
Premium $100 | Preferred $50 | Regular $25

Purchase Tickets here.

“I knew immediately that I wanted this to be unlike anything I had written.” – Lanford Wilson

Judd Hirsch returns to his Obie Award winning performance of Matt Friedman in Talley’s Folly by Lanford Wilson. Set in an old boathouse near rural Lebanon, Missouri in 1944, Talley’s Folly is a romantic comedy following the characters Matt Friedman and Sally Talley as they once and for all settle their feelings for each other. Wilson received the 1980 Pulitzer Prize for Drama for the work.

Set Design | Giovanni Villari
Lighting Design | Alexander Bartenieff
Sound Design | Chuck London
Costume Design | Catherine Siracusa
Stage Manager | Marlene Mancini
Technical Director | Brian Kafel
Production Manager | Daniel Nelson

This production is made possible through the generous support of Judd Hirsch. All proceeds will support HB Studio programs for theater training and practice.

Jann Dougherty

1982 – 1983

Such wonderful memories! I studied there from September ’82 to May ’83 under the one and only Stephen Strimpell! I was so upset when I learned he had passed away. Might my muffin tins used for a scene from Crimes of the Heart still be there?!!

Danny Schweid

1975 – 1980

Although I studied for 5 years in Ms. Hagen’s class, from 1975-1980, and worked as a registrar in the front office, as Marlene Mancini’s assistant and did payroll and bookkeeping for the Studio, my first class at HB was with Herbert Berghof. As a new college graduate back in New York, fresh out of the Northwestern University theater department, my first meeting with him was unforgettable. Trembling, I introduced myself, Dan Schweid (my last name is Shaw now), and he drawled, in his lovely Viennese accent, “Are you related to Mark Schweid?” My jaw dropped and I said, “Yes, he was my grandfather.” Herbert proceeded to tell me that he and my grandfather were in a Theater Guild production together in the 1940s, of a play called “The Russian People,” an adaptation by Clifford Odets of a Russian play. He told me that one night, at the end of Act II, my grandfather forgot his dramatic closing line, and improvised something instead that left everyone on stage broken up with laughter as the curtain came down. Laughing with the memory, Herbert said, “Alright, you can be in my class, but we’ll see if you’re as good as your grandfather.” As thrilling as it was to be accepted into Herbert’s class, it was even more wonderful to learn that my grandfather, who was very ill as I grew up and whom I never really got to know, was an actor admired and remembered by the great Herbert Berghof.

That's me these days, a psychoanalyst in private practice, in New York City and in Nyack, NY.
That’s me these days, a psychoanalyst in private practice, in New York City and in Nyack, NY.