Caffé Cino: The Room, the Writers, the Art

Thursday April 30

7:30 PM  –  9:00 PM


St. John's Church in the Village

218 West 11th Street at Waverly Pl


The Caffé Cino, a tiny venue at 31 Cornelia Street between 1958 and 1968, evolved as one of the most important venues for new playwrights during the 1960s. There were three main aspects to the Caffe – the unique magic of the tiny room with its 8-foot stage, mismatched ice cream parlor furniture and Joe Cino himself; the astounding array of playwrights whose early work was produced there, establishing the Caffe as the birthplace of off-off-Broadway and LGBTQ-centered work; and the unique artwork which evolved from the productions.

This presentation by Magie Dominic, archivist, artist and writer, will bring together all three aspects for the first time – the room, the writers, and the art. In 2018 the Caffe was listed on The National Register of Historic Places.

In 1985 Magie Dominic co-curated Caffe Cino - History of Off-Off Broadway at the Astor Gallery in Lincoln Centre. In 2011 she donated Caffé Cino documentation to the Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, establishing "The Magie Dominic Caffé Cino Archives." In 2013 she established The Magie Dominic Off-Off-Broadway Collection, at Fales Library and Special Collections, NYU. She is the author of two memoirs The Queen of Peace Room and Street Angel. In 2019 she received the Artistic Achievement Award from New York Innovative Theater Awards.


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