Culture Project will rename its mainstage theatre, currently known as 45 Bleecker Street, in honor of late Tony-nominated actress Lynn Redgrave. A naming ceremony for the Lynne Redgrave Theatre and a commemorative gala will be held June 3 at Stage 48. Redgrave's sister Vanessa Redgrave and nephew-in-law Liam Neeson will be Honorary Chairs at the event. Redgrave died at her home in Connecticut on May 2, 2010.
"To be entrusted with the preservation of even a small portion of Lynn's legacy is a glorious honor," said Culture Project founder and artistic director Allan Buchman in a statement. "We hope to infuse her passions in the area of playwriting, education, and the joy of acting into all of our endeavors. Certainly, the Redgrave name in theater exemplifies the highest commitment to the theatrical arts in conjunction with a bold advocacy to human rights and social justice that is the defining purpose of Culture Project."
Redgrave appeared in the original run of Culture Project’s The Exonerated as Sonia "Sunny" Jacobs. Culture Project also presented developmental public readings of her play, Nightingale. Redgrave was last seen on the Culture Project stage with her siblings Vanessa and Corin in 2007's A Question of Impeachment. She earned Tony nominations for The Constant Wife, Shakespeare for My Father and Mrs. Warren's Profession.