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DECEMBER 2008                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                Issue 40
Emily Sandack, Editor 

We send you all the warmest of holiday wishes.  May your new year be filled with easy techs, enthusiastic audiences and fantastic reviews.

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation Staff:
Jason Bowcutt, Shay Gines, Nick Micozzi, Akia, Christopher Borg, Hillary Cohen, Desmond Dutcher, Katie Rosin, Emily Sandack and Morgan Tachco
More on OOB Spaces

Theatre spaces in NYC have been a popular topic of conversation, news stories and blog posts recently.  Five stalwart Off-Off-Broadway spaces are currently in danger of shuttering (Wings Theatre, Interborough Repertory Theater, Epiphany Theatre, 13th Street Repertory Theatre & The Ohio Theatre) and with the current economic situation, that trend may continue for a while at least. However, the OOB community is very resilient and tends to be able to weather changes in the economic climate better than some of our counterparts. Can this be an opportunity for OOB to build audience awareness and broader recognition?  

Is it, as Matt J. comments (on Matthew Freeman's blog), an opportunity for us to truly make "that independent theatre we all always talk about. Independence can't come just from discourse, it has to come from fresh ideas, risk-taking, and action."

Here are some articles on the topic.
Read the Report of Off-Off-Broadway Performance Venues...

What are your thoughts? How do you see this all playing out?

Some good news...

ART/NY offers discounts on their rehearsal space in Brooklyn.
Check out the details.
Check out the ceremony, red capet (sans the carpet) and back stage photos of your favorite OOB artists all dressed up and looking swell. Over 2,500 photosto choose from in the 2008 Photo Gallery.
The DVD includes some outrageous moments from the 2008 New York Innovative Theatre Awards Ceremony, as well as back stage interviews with the recipients and presenters including: Edward Albee, Lisa Kron, Bill Irwin, Martin Denton and Rochell Denton, Judith Malina and so much more. 
Relive the exiting evening, pick-up a great stocking stuffer for mom or just enjoy the antics and heartfelt speeches.

Buy your DVD & Photos here...
2009 IT Awards Calendar

Keep track of all of your important dates with this fun and fancy 2009 wall calendar featuring some of Indie theatre's hottest artists and their outstanding productions.

OOB Helps Free Night of Theatre a Success

By Jennifer Conley Darling, LIT Representative
Many Off-Off-Broadway companies participated in TCG's (Theater Communications Group) Free Night of Theater NYC this year. 2008 marked the program's New York City premiere and our community was an important part of the event's success. OOB and Indie Theater made up over 50% of the participating theaters and companies. In NYC alone, over 9,000 FREE tickets were distributed to over 350 performances.

Preliminary demographic information on the Free Night NYC audiences (based on the surveys collected during ticket registration) indicate that NYC had higher averages for all categories against the national average.
Check out the full story....

Did you participate in Free Night of Theater NYC?  Tell us your thoughts, what worked and what needs improvement? Email us at info@nyitawards.com.
Yeah, I got your blog right here!

Did you hear what Jason Bowcutt said about Barack Obama?
Did you see that cool little online marketing tool that Morgan Tachco found?  Can you believe what Hillary Cohen did during her finals (just between you and me, I hear that Ben Vareen and Tom O'Horgan were involved...)?

Well you can read all 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!

   2008 Designer Nominee

 by Christopher Borg   

Tender Trap
The cast from Retro Productions'
The Tender Trap
2008 was a memorable year for Rebecca Cunningham!  After receiving two IT Award nominations (Outstanding Costume Design for What I Did Last Summer and Outstanding Set Design for Mill Fire, both produced by Retro Productions), Rebecca went on to be the recipient of the United States Institute of Technical Theatre ("USITT") 2008 Distinguished Achievement Award for Costume Design and Technology!

The USITT Awards have been recognizing lifetime contributions of artists to the performing arts since 1967.  In 1998 they began presenting Distinguished Achievement Awards to recognize the accomplishments of designers and technicians.   The recipient is honored during the Annual Conference & Stage Expo. and their work is often featured in an exhibition.

Rebecca recently designed the set for Retro Production's latest show, The Tender Trap,  a 1950's comedy about courtship and the emerging "career woman" in the pre-women's lib movement New York.  She had a secret weapon though, her co-designer and husband, Jack, designed a 1970 production at the Ivoryton Theatre in Connecticut starring William Shatner.

Having retired from Brooklyn College where she taught for over 30 years, Rebecca is currently finishing up the Second Edition of her bestselling costume design textbook, The Magic Garment, a staple text in colleges for 20 years.   This edition will feature interviews and sketches by 6 Tony-Award winning costume designers currently working on Broadway and is scheduled for publication in March.

Rebecca and her husband say they look forward to continuing their work in the OOB community with Retro Productions where their lifetimes of experience are appreciated by a company dedicated to mid-century American theatre.  Their next project with Retro Productions will be the set for Mark Medoff's When You Comin'back,Red Ryder? in May.
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Header Photos L to R: Metropolitan Playhouse's production of Anna Christie, GOH Productions' production of The Very Sad Story of Ethel & Julius..., TOSO's production of Pig Tale, and Witness Relocation's production of The Blue Bird

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