ADRIFT | A Medieval Wayward Folly


A cornerstone of 59E59 Theaters programming, our Resident Companies return consistently to produce premieres, reach new audiences, and build a loyal following for their work at 59E59 and beyond.


Producing up to three shows annually in Theater A, Primary Stages shares our mission and commitment to new work. They receive advanced, guaranteed calendar placement as well as complimentary use of our spaces for workshops and readings and our *All-Inclusive Licensing Package.

Primary Stages is dedicated to inspiring, supporting, producing, and sharing the art of playwriting. They operate on the strongly held belief that the future of American theater relies on nurturing playwrights and giving them the support they need to fully realize their vision.


Co-Op Resident Companies produce 1-2 shows with us each year and receive a high degree of curatorial trust with advanced, preferred calendar placement in our highly sought-after B & C Theaters, in addition to our *All-Inclusive Licensing Package.

Current Co-Op Residencies:

New Light Theater Project
New Light Theater Project (NLTP) nurtures a Collective of artist-practitioners through the presentation of compelling stories across theatrical genres. Led by Artistic Director Sarah Norris and Producing Director Michael Aguirre, NLTP believes in the strength of ensemble-work and are committed to fostering their Collective composed of writers, actors, directors, stage managers, and designers from diverse backgrounds. At least 50% of an NLTP production utilizes their Collective while the rest of the production team consists of innovative artists they hope to cultivate deeper relationships with.

No.11 Productions
Founded in 2008, No.11 Productions exists to collaboratively create, develop and tour new works and original adaptations as an ensemble. Their productions have the energy and imaginative zest of kids playing make-believe in the backyard and they invite the audience to play along. They believe in the energizing power of sharing stories full of hope and teamwork and strive to engage their audience as collaborators in the act of storytelling.

LAByrinth Theater Company
LAByrinth Theater Company, founded in 1992 as The Latino Actors Base, was created to reflect a world where color is the norm and not the exception. From Our Lady of 121st Street to Halfway Bitches go Straight to Heaven, LAByrinth has produced over 50 world premieres and developed over 250 new plays.

Happenstance Theater
Happenstance Theater, founded in 2006, is a professional company committed to devising, producing and touring original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. Their ensemble has been developing work together since 2012. They are multi-talented performers who craft all aspects of their pieces from concept to realization. Under the Artistic co-Direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell, they harvest imagery from the past and re-contextualize it in performances that address eternal themes of life, death, and the ephemeral. With the simplest means - movement, silence, theatrical clown, music, text, physical comedy and beauty - they seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often discovered by happenstance.

Penguin Rep Theatre
Penguin Rep Theatre was founded in 1977 with the aim of establishing Rockland County's first year-round nonprofit professional theatre. Penguin's mission is to promote new voices and produce new works for the stage, to nurture and develop emerging talent, and to reach new audiences. Integral to Penguin's mission is the development and sharing of enduring stories that offer a wide canvas of emotions, with an emphasis on those that raise awareness of injustice, promote conversation, and offer chances to connect with universal hopes, challenges and dreams.

Negro Ensemble Company
The mission of the Negro Ensemble Company, Inc. (NEC) is to provide African-American, African and Caribbean professional artists with an opportunity to learn, to work, to grow and to be nurtured in the performing arts. The overall mission of the NEC is to present live theatre performances by and about black people to a culturally diverse audience that is often under-served by the theatrical community.

Past Co-Op Residencies:

Less Than Rent Theatre

Pictured: The company of ADRIFT | A MEDIEVAL WAYWARD FOLLY (2023) devised by Happenstance Theater under the co-direction of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell. Presented by Happenstance Theater. Photo by Leah Huete.