MV Playhouse buys Main Street property for housing

The Martha's Vineyard Playhouse acquired the 1720 House for $1.3 million. — Eunki Seonwoo

Updated May 4

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse has purchased a Tisbury property on Main Street for $1.3 million. 

Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse executive director MJ Brudo Munafo says the property, known as the 1720 House, will be used for staff and actor housing. 

According to a deed filed on April 28, the playhouse acquired 152 Main St. from Richard Cummings and Erin Cummings. 

“For the moment, we do not plan any renovations to the property, but it will need some major restoration work done at some point down the road,” Munafo said in an email to the Times. 

Munafo said the playhouse hopes to do fundraising to pay off the property in its entirety and create a maintenance fund. 

“We raised most of the funds for the house from the extreme generosity of two private donors; we also have a mortgage with MV Bank,” she said. 

The playhouse has another Tisbury location at 24 Church St. According to the playhouse website, the building was acquired in 1993 and underwent a renovation, restoration, and expansion process from 2011 to 2014. The Church Street property was originally built in 1833, and served various functions over the years, such as a Methodist meeting house and for Tisbury town meetings.

“The theater itself is still operating at 24 Church St.,” Munafo said. “We now have two campuses. The house is walking distance to the theater, which is great. And both properties are located within the William Street Historic District.”

Updated with the corrected year of when 24 Church Street was built. 


  1. Congratulations to everyone at the Martha’s Vineyard Playhouse!! The purchase of the 1720 House is an ideal solution for staff and actor housing. It helps solve the age old problem of not only securing housing for your seasonal staff and actors, but it also means that your other employees will no longer have to shuttle everyone around because they were housed in so many various locations. Kudos all around!

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