Albert Poland

Personal Information
ALBERT POLAND, in his 43 year career in the New York theatre, served as general manager for more than 90 productions including The Homecoming, Talk Radio, Glengarry Glen Ross (Tony Award, Best Revival), Hugh Jackman in The Boy From Oz, Long Day’s Journey Into Night (Tony Award, Best Revival), and Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Dirty Blonde, The Last Night of Ballyhoo (Tony Award, Best Play), The Grapes of Wrath (Tony Award, Best Play), As Is (Drama Desk Award, Best Play), The Price, the original productions of Little Shop of Horrors (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Musical), Steel Magnolias, and One Mo’ Time as well as Bill W. and Dr. Bob, Steve Martin’s Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Drama Desk, Best Play), Uta Hagen in Mrs. Klein, Eileen Heckart in The Waverly Gallery, Always Patsy Cline, Sam Shepard’s A Lie of the Mind (Drama Critics, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Best Play), Vanities, David Mamet’s A Life in the Theatre, The Neon Woman, Tommy Tune Atop the Village Gate, Let My People Come, Stephen Sondheim’s Marry Me a Little and Tom Lehrer’s Tomfoolery. Mr. Poland operated the Astor Place Theatre from 1977 through 2000, during which time it was host to such long runs as A Coupla White Chicks, The Dining Room, The Foreigner, and Blue Man Group. He is the Co-Editor/Author, with Bruce Mailman, of The Off-Off Broadway Book published in 1972 by Bobbs-Merrill. As a performer, he appeared at Carnegie Hall, La Mama, Judson Poets Theater and the Village Gate. Mr. Poland’s first venture in show business was as the founding president of The Official Judy Garland Fan Fan Club in 1955. In June of 2019, Mr. Poland was presented with the Legend of Off-Broadway Award by the Off-Broadway Alliance. The following September he published an autobiography – STAGES – A Theater Memoir. (Biography dated 12/09/2019 )
External Links: Primary Stages Oral History Project

General Manager/Press
Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Bill W. and Dr. Bob New World Stages/ Stage II 03/05/2007 General Manager
2 Havana Is Waiting Cherry Lane Theatre 10/24/2001 General Manager
3 The Complete Works of Shakespeare (Abridged) Century Center For The Performing Arts 10/15/2001 General Manager
4 The Waverly Gallery Promenade Theatre 03/22/2000 General Manager
5 Stupid Kids Century Center For The Performing Arts 08/25/1998 General Manager
6 Marc Salem's Mindgames Westside Theatre/ Downstairs 10/24/1997 General Manager
7 Always... Patsy Cline Variety Arts Theatre 06/24/1997 General Manager
8 Zombie Prom Variety Arts Theatre 03/26/1996 General Manager
9 Nixon's Nixon Westside Theatre/ Downstairs 03/05/1996 General Manager
10 Mrs. Klein Lucille Lortel Theatre 10/22/1995 General Manager
11 Picasso at the Lapin Agile Promenade Theatre 10/06/1995 General Manager
12 Fallen Angel Circle in the Square Downtown 04/01/1994 General Manager
13 A Quarrel of Sparrows Promenade Theatre 09/09/1993 General Manager
14 Howard Crabtree's Whoop-Dee-Doo Actors' Playhouse 06/16/1993 General Manager
15 The Haunted Host Actors' Playhouse 04/19/1991 General Manager
16 Only Kidding! Westside Theatre/ Upstairs 04/14/1989 General Manager
17 The Night Hank Williams Died WPA Theatre 01/10/1989 General Manager
18 The Lady in Question WPA Theatre 11/18/1988 General Manager
19 Sing Hallelujah! Village Gate/ Downstairs 11/23/1987 General Manager
20 Strip! Village Gate/ Downstairs 06/30/1987 General Manager
21 Steel Magnolias Lucille Lortel Theatre 06/19/1987 General Manager
22 Standup Shakespeare Theater 890 04/04/1987 General Manager
23 El Grande de Coca-Cola Village Gate/ Downstairs 01/22/1986 General Manager
24 A Lie of the Mind Promenade Theatre 12/05/1985 General Manager
25 Orphans Westside Theatre/ Upstairs 05/07/1985 General Manager
26 The Vampires Astor Place Theatre 04/11/1984 General Manager
27 Weekend Parish Hall at the Church of Heavenly Rest 10/24/1983 General Manager
28 Greek Actors' Playhouse 06/08/1983 General Manager
29 The Middle Ages Parish Hall at the Church of Heavenly Rest 03/23/1983 General Manager
30 Little Shop of Horrors Orpheum Theatre 07/27/1982 General Manager
31 The Good Parts Astor Place Theatre 01/07/1982 General Manager
32 Tomfoolery Village Gate/ Upstairs 12/14/1981 General Manager
33 Entertaining Mr. Sloane Cherry Lane Theatre 06/12/1981 General Manager
34 The Buddy System Circle in the Square Downtown 03/22/1981 General Manager
35 Forty-Deuce Perry Street Theatre 03/22/1981 General Manager
36 Marry Me a Little Actors' Playhouse 03/12/1981 General Manager
37 To Bury a Cousin Cherry Lane Theatre 06/25/1980 General Manager
38 An Evening with W. S. Gilbert Cherry Lane Theatre 02/28/1980 General Manager
39 Table Settings Playwrights Horizons 01/14/1980 General Manager
40 Das Lusitania Songspiel Westside Theatre/ Downstairs 01/10/1980 General Manager
41 Modigliani Astor Place Theatre 11/11/1979 General Manager
42 One Mo' Time Village Gate/ Downstairs 10/22/1979 General Manager
43 Lone Star and Pvt. Wars Century Center For The Performing Arts 06/07/1979 General Manager
44 Are You Now or Have You Ever Been Promenade Theatre 10/15/1978 Company Manager
45 Crimes Against Nature Actors' Playhouse 06/22/1978 General Manager
46 The Neon Woman Hurrah Discotheque 04/16/1978 General Manager
47 Patio / Porch Century Center For The Performing Arts 04/13/1978 General Manager
48 A Life in the Theatre Lucille Lortel Theatre 10/20/1977 General Manager
49 Vanities Westside Theatre/ Downstairs 03/22/1976 General Manager
50 Tommy Tune Atop the Village Gate Village Gate/ Upstairs 02/19/1975 General Manager
51 The Charles Pierce Show Village Gate/ Upstairs 12/25/1974 General Manager
52 Why Hanna's Skirt Won't Stay Down Village Gate/ Upstairs 07/01/1974 General Manager
53 Let My People Come Village Gate/ Downstairs 01/08/1974 General Manager
54 The Faggot Truck and Warehouse Theater 06/18/1973 General Manager
55 And They Put Handcuffs on the Flowers Mercer Arts Center 04/21/1972 General Manager
56 Rain Astor Place Theatre 03/23/1972 General Manager
57 Istanboul Actors' Playhouse 02/08/1971 General Manager
58 Touch Village Arena Theatre 11/08/1970 General Manager
59 The Dirtiest Show in Town Astor Place Theatre 06/27/1970 General Manager
60 Futz! Lucille Lortel Theatre 06/13/1968 General Manager

Production Theatre Opened Credit
1 Modigliani Astor Place Theatre 11/11/1979 Producer
2 Dear Nobody Cherry Lane Theatre 02/19/1974 Producer
3 The Bar That Never Closes Astor Place Theatre 12/03/1972 Producer
4 Acrobats & Line Lucille Lortel Theatre 02/15/1971 Producer
5 Touch Village Arena Theatre 11/08/1970 Producer
6 The Unseen Hand / Forensic and the Navigators Astor Place Theatre 04/01/1970 Producer
7 Peace Astor Place Theatre 01/27/1969 Producer
8 Futz! Lucille Lortel Theatre 06/13/1968 Produced in Association
9 Now Is the Time for All Good Men Lucille Lortel Theatre 09/26/1967 Co-Producer