Lorcan Otway

Lorcan Otway (b. July 27, 1955), the owner of the Off Broadway Theater 80, located at 80 St. Mark’s Place, speaks about the theater’s history, as well as the cultural history of the East Village. He recounts stories of the former repertory movie house and theater’s past as a speakeasy during Prohibition, at which time it was owned by a Bavarian gangster and friend to Al Capone. Otway describes the off-Broadway and off-off-Broadway theater scene in Village during the 1960s, and muses on the history of organized crime in the Village.