Update April 2010 

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APRIL 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 57
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Community Forum on the Ohio Theatre 

After two years of negotiation, two lease extensions, and a 29-year history as an indispensable pillar of the downtown theatre scene, the Ohio Theatremust close the doors at its Wooster Street space forever on August 31, 2010.

The League of Independent Theatreand The Innovative Theatre Foundation are co-sponsoring an event to find new options for the Ohio Theatre and discuss ideas for other spaces that are currently in danger of closing.

All OOB community members are encouraged to attend and share their ideas.

Learn more....

CABARETION! [ KA-bə-'RAY- shən !]
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The fusion of contribution, performance, and celebration of the Off-Off Broadway community 

Hosted by Broadway star and comedienne Jackie Hoffman, CABARETION! brings together an amazing roster of performers to benefit the organization that celebrates and advocates on behalf of Off-Off Broadway.


The evening features performances by the sensational Taylor Mac, roguishly delightful magician Jeff Grow, singer/songwriter Justin Utley, the mischievously clever band The Reynaldo The Ensemble, pianist Matt Ray and many more...

1 hour of passed hors d'oeuvres,

3 hours of open beer & wine bar
& one hell of a fantastic evening

Date of Event:Monday May 17, 2010
Where:Carolines on Broadway
Time: 6PM -9PM
Ticket Price:$45

Buy your tickets now and check out more details....

Fan Page vs. Group
The difference between a Facebook Fan Page and a Group has become an age-old question. Both can advertise and create events, but there are many differences. Knowing the advantages and functions of each will help you and your organization use Facebook more effectively. This month's Kampfire Kounsel looks at the advantages of both. Find out more....

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Reactions from a
First-Time Arts Advocate

By Denyse Owens

February 24, 2010 was Arts Day in Albany. Denyse Owens of Theatre Development Fund (TDF) reflects on her experience attending the recent advocacy day sponsored by NYS Arts.

Most New Yorkers do not have to be employed by an arts organization or even enjoy going to museums, theatre or dance to know that the arts and cultural community continuously faces financial concerns. But most New Yorkers are not aware of the incredible challenges that arts organizations of all sizes and operating budgets are now facing: a whopping $6.5 million cut in state funding for the arts for the upcoming fiscal year. That is 15.5% less than what the arts will receive in 2009-2010.

Read more....

2010 Honorary Award Applications are Due May 1 

The applications for the 2010 Honorary Awards are
available online and are due by 6pm on May 1, 2010.

The Honorary Awards are:
* The Artistic Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community;

* The Stewardship Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership;

* The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, presented to an Off-Off-Broadway theatre company that consistently produces outstanding work. This award also includes a grant to be used toward an Off-Off-Broadway production.

Community Corner


Assemblymember Glick Hosts Panel on Downtown Arts & Business
Assemblymember Deborah J. Glick (66th District) hosted "Local Arts, Collective Strength: A Forum to Build Support for Our Neighborhood Theaters and Dance Companies" on April 15. She was joined by a panel of downtown arts and business leaders to discuss the impact of the current economic climate, how arts companies and neighborhood businesses can build successful collaborations, and what else can be done to further support local arts companies. Read more about it...

World Theatre Day
March 27 World Theatre Day 2010. There was a community wide
effort to bring attention to this international event and to celebrate theatre here in NYC. The World Theatre Day Coalition helped to organize several flashmobs, a party and distributed the international message by Dame Judi Dench and the U.S. message by Lynn Nottage to hundreds of theatre audiences and New Yorkers on WTD. Plans for World Theatre Day 2011 are already in process. Check out the website at www.nycwtd.com and follow updates on Twitter @nycwtd.

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.

Our blog is FULL OF IT!

Our guest bloggers are super happy fun time. What drew Roman Feeser to the IT Awards? Did you read about why Brad Burgess can't stand the government? What has Jeff Riebe been upto in MN? Gyda Arber revealed her best community outreach resources. What is the impetus behind ML Kinney's writings?

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Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.

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 judging shows, please stop by FULL OF IT!

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Una Aya Osato

by Christopher Borg

Una Aya Osato

Outstanding Solo Performance nominee Una Osatois a performer and educator, born and raised in NYC, who has taught at numerous middle and high schools. As a performer she worked in television, theatre and dance from an early age. In 2000 she was awarded the level one prize in the US Arts Recognition Talent Search and was a finalist for the Presidential Scholar in the Arts position.

Since receiving the 2009 IT Award nomination for her acclaimed solo work, Recess, which she also wrote, Osato has performed the work at schools and theaters across the country. The play received the award for "Best Female Solo Show 2009" at the San Francisco Fringe Festival.

If you missed it the first time you can now catch Recess in a production directed by Moises Belizario in a reprise performance in NYC at the WOW Café Theatre through April 24th.

Focusing on a group of 7-year-olds, Recessgives audiences a glimpse into the minds and lives of children navigating their way through the NYC public school system. With relevance beyond those who work in education, Recess explores how to discover inspiration by listening to the voices of those who are typically ignored.

I asked Una what she likes about working in our community: "I like working in indie theater because of the immense creativity and the risks I see people taking in/with/through their work. I am also inspired by peoples' passion and drive to share their work with the world, making it happen and not waiting for others to make their visions come true!"

"I have been performing this show nationally and internationally, but doing it in NYC is especially exciting and invigorating to me because this is where these stories and realities come from. I am honored to have the opportunity to share it with more of NYC."

Recessperforms April 21st through April 24th at the WOW Cafe Theater, 59 East 4th Street. For more information check out www.recesstheplay.com.
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April is dedicated to The Amoralists Theatre Company's production of Amerissiah on the IT Awards calendar.

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Header Photos (L to R) -
American Bard Theater Company's production of Much Ado About Nothing,
La MaMa Experimental Theatre's production of Post Modern Living, The Hyperion Theatre Project's production of Manhattanpotamia IV and Theater for the New City's production of The Spring and Fall of Eve Adams

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



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