Lantern Theatre Facts

Since 1952 Lantern Theatre has been dedicated to providing high-quality, low-cost theatrical productions for the Long Island community. Lantern is a non-profit corporation, making all contributions tax-deductible.

Over the years, our audiences have been treated to productions of such classics as An Inspector Calls, Agnes of God, A Delicate Balance, and The Chalk Garden. Members have explored the work of such diverse playwrights as Neil Simon, Paul Rudnick, Nicky Silver, Oscar Wilde, Wendy Wasserstein, Harold Pinter, Tennessee Williams, and Arthur Miller. As soon as new Broadway and off-Broadway plays become available, Lantern mounts productions for their loyal audience members. Such plays as Moon Over Buffalo, The Food Chain, Laughter on the 23rd Floor, and recent hit, Bermuda Avenue Triangle, usually appeared on Lantern's stage before any other on Long Island. In May 2001, our production of Over the River and Through the Woods was one of Long Island's first.

Many members of Lantern have participated for years and years both onstage and backstage―working hard for no pay but just for the love of good theater and for the sheer fun of it. The star of the fall production then volunteers to be stage manager of the spring production. When they're not performing, members usher, paint sets, sell tickets, run props, or even direct―as they have been for 48 years!

Long Island Entertainment said in a review of Lantern's production of Crimes of the Heart:

 "Absolutely see anything Lantern Theatre does; they're always responsible for well-crafted shows."

Come experience Lantern Theatre - we'd love to have you!