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Romulus Linney and James Houghton

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James Houghton

Linney cast James Houghton for a starring role in the 1988 production of Heathen Valley at the Theater for the New City, beginning a friendship and collaboration with Houghton that lasted for more than two decades.  When Houghton started a theatre company with the unique idea of dedicating an entire season to the work of a single playwright, he asked Romulus Linney to be the founding playwright.  Linney agreed and the Signature Theatre Company was formed in 1991.  

Signature Theatre Company

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Signature Theatre Company

As the Signature Theatre’s founding playwright, Linney was given unprecedented input into the production of his works. The season opened in the spring of 1991 with a twin bill of F.M. and the one-act version of The Love Suicide at Schofield Barracks.  Also performed during Linney’s inaugural season were The Sorrows of Frederick, Heathen Valley, A Woman Without a Name, and the premiere of Ambrosio. According to Linney, Signature Theatre “was the best single thing that’s happened to me in all of my career as a playwright.”

In a tribute written about Linney in March 2011, James Houghton stated, “Everything that has and will ever happen on any stage of Signature Theatre is a result of [Linney’s] fierce determination to tell a great story.”

The Linney Courtyard Theatre

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The Linney Courtyard Theatre

The Linney Courtyard Theatre is a 191-seat flexible theatre in the new Frank Gehry-designed $66 million Signature Theatre, one of the most ambitious new cultural complexes in New York in decades.  The Linney opened on February 27, 2012 with a performance of Hurt Village by Katori Hall.