Update April 2009 

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APRIL 2009                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 44
Emily Sandack, Editor 

2009 Honorary Award Applications are due
May 1, 2009 at 6pm.

Complete your application today!



Please join us in welcoming the newest members of the  Honorary Awards Committee:

Abby Marcus
Managing Director, Vampire Cowboys Theatre Company

Adam J. Natale
Director of Membership & Program Development, Fractured Atlas

Aaron Riccio

Editor, New Theater Corps

James Scruggs
Performer & Artist

Daniel Talbott
Artistic Director, Rising Phoenix Repertory

Lanie Zipoy
Public Relations and Marketing Consultant

We are so pleased that these amazing people will be serving on the committee this year and look forward to what we're sure will be very spirited debates.

Get more information about these folks or see the list of the entire committee.
Theatre Artists as Theatregoers
  By James Comtois
How does the theatre you see influence the theatre you make?

If you make theater, chances are, you see theater.  And a theater artist's work influences his or her theatergoing habits and, likewise, the shows one sees often affect one's work.  James Comtois recently spoke with four OOB artists about their theatergoing trends and how the shows they see inspire or influence them.

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Community Corner

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

Following the Public Forum hosted by Community Boards 1 through 5 in February, the CBs have stayed true to their promise to make small to mid-sized theatre a priority in their neighborhoods.

CB3 was the first to pass resolutions supporting small theatre.  CB4 immediately followed by sending a letter to Governor Paterson asking him to restore 100% of the funds to NYSCA.

On April 17th CB5 also passed a resolution to support small theatre.

Next up is a response to the Mayor's non-profit arts initiative. Does it provide for OOB? What are your thoughts?

Learn more.

Have you been involved with the Community Boards?  How is their work effecting our work? What's next on the agenda?

We're talking about it on our Staff Blog!

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When you're not registering, performing, or judging shows, please stop by the IT Awards Staff Blog!
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2008 Photo Gallery
2009 Wall Calendar


Header Photos L to R:

Bond Street Theatre's production of The Mechanical, Flux Theatre Ensemble's production of Pretty Theft, The Gallery Players' production of The Who's Tommy, and Drama of Works' production of puppet KafKa.

For info on great shows currently running OOB, check out our website.



by Christopher Borg  

Artwork from Ruddigore

This April is a great opportunity to focus the spotlight on one of our oldest and most prestigious member companies: Theater Ten Ten. Theater Ten Ten was founded in 1955, for which they stake their claim as New York City's longest continuously operating Off-Off Broadway theatre.

With a mission to hire established professionals along with young, emerging artists, Ten Ten produces a yearly season of mainstage shows, special performances, workshops, readings, and a Cabaret Concert Series, embracing a range of comedy, drama, musical, and light opera with an emphasis on the classics and a commitment to nontraditional casting.

Theater Ten Ten has received seven IT Award nominations and Greg Horton took home the 2006 IT Award for Outstanding Actor In A Lead Role (The Singapore Mikado).

Their lauded production of The Singapore Mikado, by Charles Berigan and David Fuller and directed by Fuller, was part of a long association with Gilbert and Sullivan going back more than 20 years. In 1997, they mounted the first New York revival of George S. Kaufman's Hollywood Pinafore, which garnered critical acclaim and lead to publication by Dramatist Play Service.

So the announcement of their new offering should delight fans: The 103rd Annual Performance of Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse, presented by Murgatroyd's Hospital for Mental Rehabilitation, Ruddy Gore, Maine opens this month for a five-week run. Touted as "Gilbert & Sullivan like you've never seen it before," this unique adaptation of the G&S classic (with a Marat-Sade style bent) is set in an asylum with performers playing patients who are playing characters in Ruddigore.

With a creative team that includes past nominees (notably David Fuller as adaptor/director), the production features a traditional ten role, "no chorus" ensemble including past IT recipient Greg Horton and nominees David Tillistrand and Cristiane Young.

In the show, inmates and staff of a mysterious mental hospital on Maine's rugged eastern shore re-enact an annual tradition of a musical comedy as a tribute to the hospital's dubious founder, Rupert Murgatroyd, and a much needed source of entertainment as well as "therapy," utilizing an array of therapeutic puppets.

The 103rd Annual Performance of Ruddigore, or The Witch's Curse, presented by Murgatroyd's Hospital for Mental Rehabilitation, Ruddy Gore, Maine runs April 24th through May 24th. For more tickets and information, visit www.theatermania.com or call 212-352-3101.
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