Brian Rogers and Sheila Lewandowski founded this 5,000-square-foot performance venue in Long Island City in 2005, converting a onetime hardware store into two spaces: a low-ceilinged downstairs room and a loftier, brighter upstairs whitebox. The Factory is not for rent: Rogers curates his season, inviting artists (from midcareer playwrights like Mac Wellman to rising directors like Alice Reagan) onboard—and the space pays them. It's a welcoming place (buy your chocolate-chip cookies at the box office), and the spot won an Obie for its programming, which tends toward the highly physical, the interdisciplinary and the avant-garde.
The Chocolate Factory
|Venue name:||The Chocolate Factory|
5-49 49th Ave
|Cross street:||between Vernon Blvd and 5th St|
|Transport:||Subway: G to 21st St, 7 to Vernon Blvd–Jackson Ave|