38 Commerce Street. In 1924 Edna St. Vincent Millay and a group of theatre artists converted a box factory into what would become The Cherry Lane Theatre. Through the years, it has become a showcase for the early works of Edward Albee, Lanford Wilson, Harold Pinter, and Sam Shepard, and continues to nurture emerging artists. Acclaimed actress Kim Hunter 1922-2002, lived above this theatre with her playwright husband Robert Emmett from 1954 until her death. Best known for creating the role of "Stella" in the Broadway and film version of "A Streetcar Named Desire" Kim's Academy Award-winning career spanned over 50 years of stage, screen, and television. She was a lifetime member of the BBC Block Association and a beloved citizen of Greenwich Village.