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OCTOBER 2008                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 38
Emily Sandack, Editor 

 It's the beginning of the season and there are a ton of exciting events geared specifically for the Off-Off-Broadway community.
Queens Theatre Artists' Happy Hour
Join The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation together with the Queens Council on the Arts  and Astoria Performing Arts Center for a happy hour at LIC Bar!

We want to know what it takes to make theatre in Queens, and introduce you to not only the IT Awards and Queens Council on the Arts, but give you a chance to meet your fellow artists, companies & venues.
WHO: Queens theatre artists, companies & venues; the more, the merrier!

WHEN: TODAY - Monday, October 20, 2008 - 7pm - 9pm

WHERE: LIC Bar @ 45-58 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City, NY 11101

Check out the details ...

RSVP/Questions: community@nyitawards.com

Community Dish Party
You are invited to Jimmy's No. 43 to get to know one another and hang out.  Come on down for a beer or three...

WHO: Dish companies, friends, lovers, and others

WHEN: Friday, October 24th - 9pm to 1am
WHERE: Jimmy's No. 43 @ 43 East 7th Street, Downstairs
Free Night of Theatre
Free Night NYC invites you to explore Off and Off-Off Broadway! 8,000 FREE tickets to over 100 NYC theaters.

WHO: Theatre lovers

WHEN: October 16th - 31st

WHRE: All over NYC
There are still some tickets available. Check out their website for a schedule and details:
More OOB Performance Spaces are in Trouble

In September the theatre companies that currently inhabit the Federal Archive Building at 154 Christopher Street were informed that their rents would be raised by as much at 500%.
The ousting of these theatres is only the most recent in a very distressing trend that is literally pushing theatre artists out of New York City. 
 Learn more...
Here's what you can do... 


The Wings Theatre

Theatre for a New Audience

Interborough Repertory Theater

Epiphany Theatre

Photos from the 2008 awards ceremony are now online.
The Demographics Survey (for individuals)
establishing demographic statistics for the individuals working OOB
The New York Innovative Theatre Awards invites you to help us reach our study group goal of 6,000 participants by the end of October. And we're not there yet!
To get involved in this groundbreaking research, you can take the survey now.
There are 17 quick questions and it only takes about 4 minutes to complete the easy online form.  
Please take a moment now to help us reach this goal.
And if you have taken it already, please encourage your friends and company members to do the same. 
Raul Hofer Torres Photography


$300 headshot package available for IT Members only includes:
  • 120 digital frames ($100 for next 50 frames)
  • 2 images retourched/ready for mass production (color & black & white)  
Bookings use code NYITA08 to take advantage of this deal.
Sign Up for Actorfest!

Registration is now open for Actorfest!
  • Casting Sessions with representatives from: NBC, Telemundo, Nickelodeon, The N, and Telsey + Company. Intensives
  • Master Series for directros and actors
  • Focus Sessions for comedians and actors
  • Workshops on auditioning, voiceovers and camera techniques
  • Expert Panels on acting and directing
Check out the complete schedule of events.

Actorfest NY will be held November 15th at the Hammerstein Ballroom.
Registration is FREE!
Go to www.actorfest.com to book your spot.
Share your performance space experience!    
We are working on a story about performances spaces for OOB.  Fill out this quick online form and tell us about the good, the bad and the ugly spaces that you've performed in.  

We know there are some juicy tales. Let us hear 'em.  

And leave your email in the comments section if it is okay to ask you further questions for the article.
Header Photos L to R: Angel Eaters produced by the Flux Theatre Ensemble;  Lee/gendary produced by Here Arts CenterMissa Solemnis or The Play About Henry produced by Row Man Productions NYC & LS Nelson Productions;  & Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind produced by the New York Neo-Futurists.

Photos from the 2008 Awards Ceremony by:
David Anthony - www.davidawa.com
Sans Peur Photography - www.sanspeurphotos.com
David Fletcher  - www.washbest.com
Monday Sessions Media  - www.mondaysessionsmedia.com

Marc Goldberg, Ernesto De Anda, Matt Cohen, Kathy Crumish, Radovan Tomko 

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


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Lord Oxford Brings You the Second American Revolution 
by Christopher Borg   

You will see the work of several past IT Award nominees in Brooklyn at the venerable Brick Theater, as they present Lord Oxford Brings You the Second American Revolution, Live!  being the necessary and appropriate response to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II's suppression of the freedoms and dignity of the European-American settlers and their descendants in the Royal Eastern American Colonies and the inordinate conferring of special favours and privileges on the merciless Indian savages and the former Negro slaves, in the year Two Thousand and Eight, a bouffon-inspired, satire-laced political fantasia.  
Written by Robert Honeywell, Directed by Moira Stone, the play imagines an America that lost the Revolutionary war and is under the thumb of the British empire.  At a "live taping" of The Lord Oxford Hour, faithful orphan sidekick Patty O'Pattycake and a merry band of actors distract the Colonials from their worries through songs, skits and tableaux.  
Described as Democracy in America meets Alice in Wonderland meets Cabaret, Honeywell brings back many of his actor/collaborators from the 2007 IT Award-Nominated Greed: A Musical Love $tory ("Outstanding Production of a Musical").  The cast, which features many past IT Award nominees includes: Gyda Arber, Lynn Berg, Audrey Crabtree, Rasheed Hinds, Robert Honeywell, Iracel Rivero and Alyssa Simon and the design team includes: Robert Eggers (IT Award Nominee), Fab Shim (costumes), Mick O'Brien (sound) and Bessie Award- winner Joe Levasseur (lighting).  
Performances are from October 23 through November 22, Thursday - Saturday at 8 PM at The Brick (575 Metropolitan Avenue, Williamsburg, Brooklyn).  And there is an Election Night Special Performance on Tuesday, November 4 at 8 PM, followed by watching the election returns at The Brick (and free beer).  
For tickets visit TheaterMania. For more information, visit the Brick's website.

The IT Awards staff:
they're just like us!
Off-Off-Broadway is very "eye-eye-eye", as my grandmother would say. She was usually referring to someone rocking some major bling, but in this case, I mean that we are Innovative, Independent, and Interactive. The IT Awards exists based on these three principles.

The IT Awards all-volunteer staff comes from within the OOB community. We, too, are creating new art, outside the system, and collaborating amongst our fellow artists. And you can read all 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 our either format.

You can keep up with the IT Awards thrilling new Season Five activities at:
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When you're not registering, performing, or judging shows, please stop by the IT Awards Staff Blog!
We would love to read your feedback in the comments sections and are thrilled with the important exposure our web presence provides registered shows. 
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