Update November 2009 

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NOVEMBER 2009                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 52
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Where is the New Young Audience for Indie Theatre? 

by Doug Strassler

Last month, Isaac Butler posted a provocative column on his website, Parabasis entitled No-Brainer Secrets Revealed!, about the best ways for theatre to reach younger audiences. Butler surmised that the best way to bring them in is to do uncompromising work and offer it at a reasonable price. The work will speak for itself. If you build it, Butler said, the audience will come.

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Two New Theatre Sites Are Born
by Morgan Lindsey Tachco
In this economic climate, it's inspiring to see colleagues create from their instincts and passions, both on stage and off. In a time when the arts have to struggle to keep themselves in the news, I caught up with two innovative entrepreneurs who have recently launched theatre websites that make it a point to include Off-Off Broadway in their coverage.  Read on as Molly Marinik from Theatre is Easy and Karen Tortora-Lee of The Happiest Medium talk about what inspires them to help keep Off-Off Broadway talked about.

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  How does OOB use Technology?

How do you use new technology to produce and promote your productions? What technology do you want to learn about?

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation will be hosting 3-4 technology events over the course of 2010. We'd like to hear your ideas on potential topics of conversation. Examples include: using technology to market your show, greening your theatrical production, tools for internal company communication and production planning, using technology in your theatrical design ...

We have posted a questionnaire to collect your ideas and suggestions.

The deadline to complete this very brief form is December 4, 2009.

The first event will be January 31st 2010 at 6pm at The Players Theater Loft (115 MacDougal Street) and live-streamed at nyitawards.com.

Community Corner


Tax Credit for landlords that donate their space.
The community boards are hammering out a proposal to present to city officials regarding tax credits to landlords who DONATE their Community FAR spaces to non-profit theatre organizations. 

This proposal may need the support of community members and we'll let you know more when the proposal is complete.

National Arts Advocacy Day
Mark your calendars, April 12-13, 2010 for National Arts Advocacy Day in Washington, DC.  The cooperative efforts of many arts advocacy organizations lead to some real change this year. We can keep building on this positive momentum. More information to follow soon.

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.

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Does the new Health Care Bill work for OOB? What do you think of Obama's Committee on Arts and Humanities?

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Company XIV's production of Snow White the cell theatre company's production of The Hypochondriac, Retro Productions' production of Holy Days by Sally Nemeth, La MaMa Experimental Theatre's production of Agamemnon
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by Christopher Borg

The Lesser Seductions of History

Fresh from receiving the 2009 New York IT Award for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on Flux Theatre Ensemble's Angel Eaters Trilogy, Asa Wember has already designed their next offering: The Lesser Seductions of History, by August Schulenburg, directed by Heather Cohn.
The Lesser Seductions of History follows ten characters through each year in the 1960's, as their lives and identities are radically transformed by the violence and exuberance of the changing times: the Civil Rights movement, the Free Love movement and the Vietnam War. 
The production runs through November 22nd at The Cherry Pit.
Asa Wember on working Off-Off Broadway: 
"Theatre is collaborative and transitory.  Working Off-Off Broadway has a way of highlighting these qualities.  On The Lesser Seductions of History, almost every member of the cast participated in the load-in, painting and cleaning, hanging lights and stacking chairs - we were all in it together, and it is this feeling of connection and camaraderie that makes the long and repetitive hours of work bearable, even enjoyable."
"The absence of a defined support industry spurs artistic aims higher, just to get noticed - the runs can be short and this 'flash-in-the-pan' feeling fosters a desire to make something memorable, something beautiful and meaningful that will have a life larger than a few short weeks."
For details and tickets, visit www.fluxtheatre.org

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

British-born actor, Julian Elfer, might feel right at home playing Guildenstern in T. Schreiber Studio's current production of Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.  Not just because the play is a classic of modern British comedy, but because Elfer recently took home the 2009 IT Award for Outstanding Actor in a Leading Role for playing Malvolio in T. Schreiber's production of Twelfth Night.
Stoppard's play, a thought-provoking and witty examination of the mysteries of death, destiny and free will, follows the musings of Shakespeare's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the two doomed friends of Hamlet in their time at Elsinore as the famous tragedy unfolds around them.
As a bonus to IT Award fans, TSS's production (which has been designed to be performed in the round) includes on the creative team, 2009 IT Award nominees George Allison (set design) and Karen Ann Ledger (costume design)!
The production, directed by Cat Parker, continues at T. Schreiber Studio through November 22nd at the Gloria Maddox Theater.
For tickets and more information, please visit www.tschreiber.org.

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