Update September 2009 

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SEPTEMBER 2009                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 49
Emily Sandack, Editor 

The 5th Annual


Monday September 21, 2009  at 7:00pm
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The IT Awards is proud to invite you to join the Indie theatre community's biggest night of the year online. You can follow theatre blogger Aaron Riccio (New Theatre Corps) who will be live-blogging the 2009 New York Innovative Theatre Awards ceremony hosted by Julie Halston.

Join us Monday, September 21, 2009 at 7pm ET. Go to:

Meet the 2009 Honorary Award Recipients

by Doug Strassler

2009 IT Honorary Recipients Reached Out to Others to Help Themselves.

As the IT Awards celebrate their fifth anniversary, the organization has chosen some esteemed and worthy recipients for its honorary awards.  And in keeping with the mission of the organization itself, these honorees represent several organizations and individuals who have used their interests to help others and, in the process, fostered a greater sense of community among those who share their passions.

Artistic Achievement Award - Maria Irene Fornes
Stewardship Award - Materials For The Arts
Caffe Cino Fellowship Award - The Brick Theater, Inc.

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Community Corner


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Contribute to the idea bank/theatre community needs document. 

The initial document has already been passed to the community boards, but we'll continue to collect the information to pass on to them and other civic leaders and elected officials when needed.

Tell us what you think our community needs. 

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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by Christopher Borg  

Gia Forakis

Gia Forakis, nominated this year for the Outstanding Director award is quite proud to have directed Blue Before Morning, which received a whopping SEVEN Nominations!

At the end of this month you can catch Gia's work on Chekhov's classic The Seagull, produced by the National Asian American Theatre Co., September 29 - October 17.

I asked Gia about directing The Seagull and working Off-Off-Broadway:

"The fact is, if this wasn't a risky endeavor I probably wouldn't take the job. Why anyone signs on for an indie project is NOT FOR THE MONEY! We do it for the challenge. We do it for the people involved and because there is some part of us as indie theatre artists that desires to push our limits and stretch our imaginations.

"The type of work you get to do OOB is about taking theatrical risks, exploring and experimenting with ideas of storytelling and what the theatrical experience itself is or can be. I often liken it to flying without wings because what makes it --any of it --exist and come to fruition are equal proportions of faith, fortitude, inspiration and imagination...we accomplish the impossible with every show.

"The acknowledgement of the IT nomination really is a shot in the arm. To be in a city with more theater on a nightly basis than anywhere else in the world and feel that you have made something which made a difference to your community is significant and I haven't felt this before."

Billed as "This is not your Grandma's version of Chekhov!" Gia anticipates a production of The Seagull unlike any that NYC has seen, a non-naturalistic vision of Chekhov capitalizing on the humor inherent in the script and drawing from such diverse comedic sources as vaudeville, Commedia Dell Arte, the Marx Brothers and Looney Tunes and spoofing multiple theatrical conventions.

You can catch THE SEAGULL: A COMEDY IN FOUR ACTS Produced by National Asian American Theatre Co., September 29th through October 17th.  For more information, check out www.NAATCO.org.
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