Update October 2009 

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OCTOBER 2009                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 51
Emily Sandack, Editor 

Jillian Zeman: 2009 Outstanding Stage Manager 

JillianZemanOn Monday, September 21st, the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Awards were presented. Among the 18 production awards and 3 honorary awards was a special presentation of the very first Outstanding Stage Manager Award.
Presenters Tom Wojtunik and Taryn Drongowski were eager to present this award to the Production Stage Manager of the Astoria Performing Arts Center (APAC)'s production of Ragtime, Jillian Zeman.  Find out what makes Jillian such an outstanding Stage Manager.

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New Editor for IT Awards Update

In September, our dear friend and staff member, Emily Sandack moved to Los Angeles to pursue the next step in her career.  We wish her lots of success and adventure and we will certainly miss her.
Emily's departure left the spot of Editor of this Update open and when thinking of who might be able to take up the mantle, the first choice was obvious.  Doug Strassler has written many articles for the Update, acts as an At-Large judge for the IT Awards and serves on the Outstanding Stage Manager Committee.  His dedication to the Off-Off-Broadway community is evident by the shear number of reviews he writes or our productions each year.  We are so honored to have him as a part of our team.
Doug will begin his duties with the November Update. We know he will help us progress and enhance the monthly Update and our organization.
Please join us in welcoming Doug on board.


Community Corner


Artists Need to be Counted in US Census
The United States Department of Commerce will be conducting the 2010 Census, which will find out how many people live in New York City, how many elected representatives we will have in Congress, determine who will represent you in the City Council and in the New York State Legislature, determine how much funding we will receive from the federal government for education, healthcare, job training, transportation, senior services, and other critical services important to all New Yorkers.

New York City artists need to participate to ensure that we get our fair share of funding from the federal government.

Take a moment now to complete the Census form.

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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Several 2009 IT Award recipients currently have productions running.  Here are a few.

Jeff Grow

The terraNOVA Collective remounts Jeff Grow's award winning production. Receiving two 2009 IT Awards for Outstanding Solo Performance and Outstanding Performance Art Production, Creating Illusion takes you on a journey where elegant sleight of hand and insight into human behavior collide dismantling everyday experience and tempting us to question: Why do we choose to believe the unbelievable?

Directed by Jessi D. Hill, Creating Illusion will play a limited engagement at The D-Lounge (101 East 15th Street at Union Square East) Friday, October 16, 23, & 30 at 10pm. Tickets ($15) are available online at www.smarttix.com or by calling 212-868-4444.

Christopher Borg, Jamie Heinlein, Jason O'Connell & Ellen Reilly

2009 Outstanding Ensemble recipient Christopher Borg stars in Penny Penniworth. Written by Christopher Weikle and directed by Mark Finley, Penny Penniworth is the "lost" Charles Dickens' epic as mounted by a short-staffed theatre troupe with Royal Shakespeare Company aspirations. Set in Victorian England, this Emerging Artists production tells the story of young Penny Penniworth whose childhood love is driven out of town after nearly killing a wealthy businessman. Soon, Penny finds herself penniless, left alone to make her way through a convoluted maze of strange relationships, anonymous benefactors and ultimate justice.
Penny Penniworth  runs October 1 - November 1, Wed. - Sat. 8pm, Sun at 3pm and Mon. at 7pm. TADA Theatre is located at 15 West 28th Street, 2nd floor (between Broadway & 5th Ave -- accessible from the the R/W train at 28th Street and F train at 23rd Street). Tickets are $35 for all performances. For tickets and information call 800-838-3006 or visit www.emergingartiststheatre.org.

Jake Robards & Elyse Mirto

Elyse Mirto
, recipient of the 2009 Outstanding Actress in a Lead Role Award stars in Next Year in Jerusalem. The play follows Abraham Mendel who fled Nazi occupied Poland to Palestine, where he fought for Israeli independence, before immigrating to America. Now approaching retirement, Abraham wishes to leave his legacy to his two grown daughters. As neither understands the sacrifices he has made for them, the tight grip Abraham has always exerted is shaken over Passover dinner, when his secrets and regrets become family knowledge.

Running through Oct. 31, the production is the first presentation of the Workshop Theater's 2009-2010 season. For tickets, priced $18, phone (212) 695-4173 ext. 5. The WorkShop Theater Company is located at 312 West 36th Street in Manhattan.

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Metropolitan Playhouse's production of The Contrast,  Flux Theatre Ensemble's production of The Lesser Seductions of History, La MaMa Experimental Theatre's production of Twelfth Night (or What You Will), Lemon Tree Productions' The Lemon Tree 

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