"Oh February and March, the time for love and Spring breaks. It’s also the time for cold weather and post-holiday depression. It’s a toss up to find out if February and March are good months or bad months, so I always remind myself that they are also the months for the FRIGID Festival to invade the Lower East Side. Every year, dozens of one-act plays take over The Kraine Theater and Under St. Marks Theatre to spotlight new talent to the community. 

-Nelson Diaz-Marcano,  Manhattan With A Twist

 

"With names like "Shotz", "Wasabassco Hellfire Club", and "Naked Girls Reading," one imagines a seedy lounge full of smarmy middle-aged men in smoking jackets and/or fraternity brothers. However, this is anything but the case for Horse Trade Theater Group's rotation of monthly and ongoing programming."

-Lauren, East Village Arts

 

 

"If you can make it here, you can make it anywhere - so the song goes - but how can you even begin to "make it" as a playwright in New York when finding a platform for your work is often cost prohibitive, when renting a theater can cost you $4,000 or more per week?"

-Heather Violanti, HowlRound

 

 

Past press

 

 

"If it?s fun, funky, artsy, absurd and original, chances are it?s probably from the folks at Horse Trade Theater Group"

-Scott Stiffler, The Villager

 

 

"...arguably the epicenter of the independent theater world in New York."

-Leonard Jacobs, The Clyde Flitch Report

 

 

"For those wanting to mount a short run late at night for a small out-of-pocket expense, Horse Trade may be your best bet"

"Companies tend to establish a reputation around the Horse Trade theatres"

-BackStage

 

 

"A mecca for teriffic off-off Broadway theater"

-Martin Denton, nytheatre.com

 

 

"The crown jewel of Horse Trade Theater [The Kraine Theater] is one helluva lovely, semi-precious stone. Inexpensive, and worth far more than just a second look, this space has replaced downtown mainstays like P.S. 122 and La MaMa as the Lower East Side's most vibrant off-off-Broadway theater. A half-dozen resident companies call it home, including the brilliant Big Art Group, the cultish Pumpkin Pie and Kirk Wood Bromley's Inverse Theatre."

-CitySearch

 

"In the East Village, one can catch shows at the Horse Trade trifecta: the Kraine, the Red Room, and the St. Marks Theater."

-The Village Voice