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The purpose of Cortland Repertory Theatre is to offer Central New York residents and visitors of all ages an opportunity to experience, at an accessible price, the range and scope of excellent professional theatre.

CRT serves the region by providing a long term commitment to cultural enrichment and by endowing its community with a sense of pride and ownership.


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For Summer Performances at the Little York Pavilion –
6799 Little York Lake Road, Preble, NY 13141

Year-Round Administration/Box Offices ONLY –
24 - 26 Port Watson Street
Cortland, NY 13045


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In this new and unique musical revue, the iconic songbook of The Man in Black is performed by six multitalented actors/singers/musicians who play guitar, bass, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, auto-harp, harmonica and percussion. The evening is filled with songs about love and faith, struggle and success, rowdiness and redemption, and home and family as only Johnny Cash could sing them. More than two dozen classic hits - including I Walk The Line, A Boy Named Sue, Hey Porter, I’ve Been Everywhere, Folsom Prison Blues, and the title tune - paint a colorful musical portrait of this American icon.  Funny, touching, energetic and heartfelt, this one-of-a-kind show promises to be a crowd pleasing tribute to this musical legend, and a strong ending to CRT’s most successful summer season ever

Directed by Brian Swasey

Music Directed by Joel Gelpe

Box Office Hours

At 24 Port Watson Street, Cortland
Mon - Fri: 9:00 - 6:00       Sat: 12:00 - 6:00
Closed Sunday
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM on performance days only at the Little York Pavilion. 

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Boeing Boeing

All Shook Up!

Les Miserables

Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Jersey Lily

Making God Laugh

Ring of Fire: The Music of Johnny Cash

...and our children's show

Alice in Wonderland


2014 Corporate Sponsors




By now, most of you have heard the news about CRT’s exciting expansion into year-round theatre at our new performance arts space, “CRT Downtown” at 24 Port Watson Street in the City of Cortland.  

Construction of “Act 2” (out of three Acts) began in March and is nearing its conclusion.  When completed in late August, we will have created a 5,000 square foot black box theatre (click HERE for the definition of this type of theatre) which will be able to host year-round stage productions, workshops and youth activities as well as a venue for a variety of community and private functions.  (Please note that we will be staying at the Little York Pavilion in the summer – our downtown space will be used for performances in the fall, winter and spring.)

In this new space, we will also be able to build on our current “CRT Kids” Programs for Youth by offering after-school and weekend programming not only in acting, music, dance, theatrical design and construction but also public speaking, job interview preparation and other similar life skills.  Also in our near future is a creation of a county-wide youth theatrical company, as well as local and nation-wide play writing competitions.

Our Grand Hall black box has also been designed to meet community needs by doubling as an affordable, centrally-located reception hall and convention center with a small catering kitchen.

The total construction costs for Phase 2 are $879,000, which includes a new roof and insulation, public restrooms, heating and cooling systems, sprinkler system, and the performance space itself.

Thanks to the generous contributions of our patrons, businesses, foundations and grants, we have raised most of the funds required for the phase.  All we need to complete these renovations is $250,000.  It should be noted that the building is paid for as well as all of the Phase 1 renovations.

We need your help!  We are asking you as a patron of the arts to join your colleagues and STEP INTO THE SPOTLIGHT by making an investment in the future of CRT and the arts in Central New York.  Please consider making a gift today for this project!

By clicking on this link, you can download a mail-in donation form.  If you have a PayPal account, you can make a donation through our website by clicking HERE.

Donations of $500 or more will be rewarded with an invitation to a special Donor’s Event and personal tour of the facility when Phase 2 is complete. In order to receive this invitation, your donation of $500 or more must be received by September 15, 2014. 

You may follow our progress by “liking” us on Facebook, or by visiting our website at

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 607-753-6161.

Thank you for your consideration.

Kerby Thompson – CRT Producing Artistic Director

Dorothea Fowler – Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair

Garrison Marsted - Capital Campaign Committee Co-Chair


 exterior front facade


front lobby



"Grand Hall" performance space


scenic construction shop