Update July 2009 

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JULY 2009                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 47
Emily Sandack, Editor 

5 Year Birthday Party & Nominee Announcement

June 1st marked the end of the 2009 season, which means that the nominees will soon be announced. 

It also marked the 5 year milestone for the IT Awards.

Please join us:

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2009
at the historic Off-Off-Broadway Venue
Demo Hall / Carmine St. Center at Our Lady of Pompeii
located at 25 Carmine Street (corner of Bleecker)

from 7pm to 10pm

The actual public announcement starts at 8pm, so come early, have a drink, get your picture taken and rub elbows with some of the most talented and exciting theatre artists in New York City!
Tickets are on sale now on our website for $15, on a first-come, first-served basis!  $20 at the door.

This event is sponsored by
GUS (Grown Up Soda)
Yuengling Beer
Drew & Rogers, Inc.
Kampfire Films PR
United Stages
Kyden Machine Inc. 

The New York IT Awards

Help support us in our efforts to honor Independent Theatre...and win prizes at the same time.
Tickets are available now
(You do not have to be at the Nom Party on July 20th to win)

Tickets are $2.00 each
$10.00 = 6 tickets
$20 = 13 tickets and oh so close to PRIZES!
Raffle items so far include:
- Jewelry from Shelly Designs   
- Roundabout Theatre tickets
- Makeover by celebrity stylist Aj Will
- Six course meal for two by celebrity Chef William Crutchley
- TheaterMania Gold Club Membership
- Tickets to MoMA
- Atlantic Theatre Company tickets
- Gift Certificate to Butter Restaurant
- Film Forum Membership
- Blue Man Group tickets
- Naked Boys Singing tickets
- Godiva gift basket
- L'Oreal gift basket
- NHL gifts
- Donna Karan collection gifts
- Hair color session with celebrity colorist Christopher Simonetti
- Sony Masterworks American Musicals Collections
All this and much, much more!!

Community Corner

This is a new feature where we will report on happenings, events and issues facing Off-Off-Broadway.

1st Annual Indie Theatre Midsummer Classic
Save the date - JULY 26, 2009 from noon to 4pm.

Join the New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, The Community Dish, The League of Independent Theatre and United Stages for the 1st Annual Indie Theatre Midsummer Classic (Softball Game and Picnic).

Check out the details.

LIT MIXER! As part of the undergroundzero Festival at PS 122

Enjoy parties? Meeting new people? Dancing the night away?

Come to the LIT MIXER!
As part of the undergroundzero Festival at PS 122

Friday July 24th
PS 122 - 150 First Avenue

We in the Indie Theater Community work hard. Very hard, but we're also the most fun. Let's prove it. See you there!

Mark Your Calendars for Upcoming Arts/Theatre Task Force Meetings:

Community Board 3 Arts Task Force is meeting at 7:00 p.m. on 7/14 at Theater for a New City.

Community Board 4 Theater Task Force is meeting at 6:30 p.m. on 7/20 at CB4's Offices at 330 West 42nd Street, 26th floor.

Community Board 5 will be holding a public meeting in late August.

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.


Did you read Shay's blog about the 5 year process of developing the Outstanding Stage Manager Award? Did you get the inside scoop on the Nominee Announcement prepartaions? Have you marked your calendars for the Indie Theatre Midsummer Classic?

We're talking about it on our Staff Blog!

We regularly post personal entries and updates on both our Blogspot and MySpace pages. Those of you who are already familiar and comfortable with RSS feeds are welcome to subscribe or follow us on either format.

When you're not registering, performing, or judging shows, please stop by the IT Awards Staff Blog!
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by Christopher Borg  

Bekah Brunstetter at 2006 IT Awards Ceremony

We are always proud of great indie theatre artists when they receive recognition and work in the larger commercial theatre community in addition to their work "downtown." So when Atlantic Theater Company announced the first three productions of its 2009-2010 season, we were delighted to discover that, alongside a double-bill of co-founder David Mamet's plays Keep Your Pantheon and School, and fellow Pulitzer Prize winner Sam Shepard's Ages of the Moon, was our own Bekah Brunstetter's comedy Oohrah!, which will open in September on Atlantic Stage 2, the company's second stage.

This world premiere of "Oohrah!," to be directed by Evan Cabnet, marks Brunstetter's Off-Broadway debut. The play takes place in Fayetteville, North Carolina, home to one of the South's largest military bases. In a community where almost everyone has somebody deployed overseas, Sara is relieved when her husband Ron returns home from an uneventful tour in Iraq. But all find it difficult to settle back into domestic bliss and when a hot, mysterious Marine walks into their lives, all bets on stability are off.

A two time Innovative Theatre Award recipient, Brunstetter's other plays include Be a Good Little Widow (commissioned by Ars Nova 2009), To Nineveh: A Modern Miracle (IT Award Outstanding Full Length Script 2006 recipient), Sick (winner, Sam French short play festival 2006), Green (finalist Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival), Space (semi-finalist, Princess Grace Award 2007), I Used to Write On Walls (published by Samuel French), Fat Kids On Fire (published by Playscripts, Inc), and You May Go Now: A Marriage Play ( IT Award Outstanding Full Length Script 2008 recipient).

Says Brunstetter, "The thing I love about theater is that it is so much about actual friendships you make along the way, much more so than having to shmooze. It's been great to slowly move from Off-Off to Off-Broadway ....by trying to consistently write good plays and let the writing speak for itself, as well as by maintaining the relationships I've always had."

Oohrah! will run September 1st - 27th at Atlantic Stage 2, 330 West 16th Street (between 8th & 9th Avenues).
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