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FEBRUARY 2010                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 55
Doug Strassler, Editor 

World Theatre Day 

What are you doing for World Theatre Day?

Saturday, March 27, 2010 is World Theatre Day (WTD). Started in 1961 by the International Theatre Institute (ITI) WTD celebrates theatre around the world. Read more about it.
There are lots of exciting events being planned including this year's international message by Dame Judi Dench.

The IT Awards along with several theatre companies and advocacy groups have formed the NYC World Theatre Day Coalition. We are planning events, helping distribute copies of the international message and providing a central location for companies and artists to coordinate their World Theatre Day plans.

And, here are 3 ways you can start participating right now:

Mark March 27, 2010 as the 39th Annual World Theatre Day on your calendar.

Tell your friends in the theatre community and encourage them to mark their calendars and get involved.

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If you or your company:
 - has a performance on 3/27/10
 - is interested in helping coordinate city-wide plans
 - is interested in hosting an event
 - wants to participate in flash mobs
Then email us at nycwtd@gmail.com

More details & fancy new website will be coming soon. In the meantime we looking forward to hearing your ideas on World Theatre Day 2010!

Make friends where ever you go
You never know when you might need someone.  Perhaps, the local coffee place you visit daily will allow you to place postcards on their counter, or your local dry cleaner.  Utilize friendships you have cultivated in unique places to further your marketing efforts.

For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.

Arts Day in Albany
Next week, on February 24, hundreds of artists and arts advocates will gather in Albany, NY, to engage state law makers and elected officials in conversations about the importance of arts programs in New York.

Below is a schedule for Arts Day 2010:
  • 8:30am Check in at Arts Day Headquarters in Hearing Room A in the Legislative Office Building (LOB). Pick up your Arts Day buttons, Briefing papers including Talking points & NYSCA History
  • 9:30am Attend Arts Day Briefings led by Judith Weiner and others
  • 11am Hear remarks by Assemblyman Steve Englebright and Senator Jose Serrano
Read the full story...

And read more about it in next month's newsletter!

Community Corner


Tax Abatement Proposals
There has been a remarkable amount of positive momentum in support of the Tax Abatement proposal.  The Arts Task Forces from Community Boards 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9 and 12 have already passed resolutions or letters of support for this program and it has passed at the board level for CBs 2, 4, 5 and 9.  As a normal part of the process, Community Boards hold forums where the public is allowed to express opinions on the proposals. Because public opinion carries substantial weight, your voice could help determine the fate of this movement. Read more about it.

OOB Aids in Haiti Releif
Last month we asked you to let us know of any activities that you or your organization was doing to help raise funds for Haiti.  We were very proud to see our community being so generous. Congratulations to Moira Stone at The Brick Theater for winning an OOB T-shirt. The Brick's Garage Sale for Haiti campaign sold goods and the money raised was donated to Doctors Without Borders.

You can still help. Headshots for Haiti continues their fundraising through the end of February.  Get a great headshot and help a great cause.

For details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to see how you can help and get involved,  check out the Community Corner.

Crazy Awesome Blog

Our weekly guest bloggers have been crazy awesome! Did you hear that everything in Jeffrey Keenan's life is big? How did Paul Bargetto get started in OOB? Did Zachary Mannheimer call artists "lazy begging bums"? Heather Cunningham revealed her best design secrets and Kampfire Films PR recounted the most important production rules for OOB marketing and public relations.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
  Doric Wilson                  February 15 - 20

Desiree Burch                February 22 - 27
  Mac Rogers                    March 1 - 6
  Soomi Kim                     March 8 - 13

Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.

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  judging shows, please stop by the IT Awards Blog!
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Martin Dockery

by Christopher Borg

Martin Dockery in The Bike Trip

Nominated in 2009 for two IT Awards: Outstanding Solo Performer and Outstanding Short Play for his critically-acclaimed work, The Surprise, Martin Dockery is a frequent performer in New York's storytelling scene, appearing on the stages of The Moth, Speakeasy, The Liar Show, Told, Risk!, LES Stories, and Sideshow Goshko.

His previous theatrical monologues (developed with director Jean-Michele Gregory) Wanderlust and The Surprise, received critical success in New York as well as in San Francisco, Orlando, London, Toronto, and Winnipeg and garnered numerous awards. Dockery was also a co-creator of the play C-R-E-P-U-S-C-U-L-E, which ran on Broadway as The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (heard of it?) and is a seven-time finalist in The Moth's bi-annual Grandslam Storytelling Championship.

This month Dockery returns to Off-Off-Broadway and we look forward with great interest to his newest solo work, The Bike Trip, debuting on February 25 at the Kraine Theatre as a part of the FRIGID Festival. Martin describes The Bike Trip as is his quest "to understand why the drug LSD has enthralled and terrified so many thousands of people." On his search to uncover the nature of the psychedelic experience, Dockery journeys through the psychedelic scenes of San Francisco, India and Switzerland. To replicate history's first ever acid trip, he recreates the bizarre bicycle ride of a Swiss pharmacologist 65 years ago that unexpectedly introduced the world to LSD and altered the way millions of people perceive the nature of consciousness. "The public perception of LSD is frozen in a 1960s tie-dyed haze, and yet its use is as prevalent - and as secretive - as ever," Dockery explains.

The Bike Trip tells a very personal tale as it attempts to look anew at this most powerful of all psychotropic substances...like The Surprise, it's an autobiographical storytelling show, performed without a script, making each night unique." After FRIGID, Dockery will then bring to festivals in Fresno, Phoenix, Orlando, London, Winnipeg, Victoria, & Vancouver among others.

For more information on Martin check out his website www.martindockery.com.

For tickets to The Bike Trip go to the FRIGID Festival website

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