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SEPTEMBER 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 62
Doug Strassler, Editor 

2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards

Monday, September 20, 2010

begins at 7:00 pm

Cooper Union's Great Hall, located at 51 Astor Place

Tickets are on sale now for $25 in advance and are available at ($30 at the door)

Geraldine Hughes, Debra Monk, Jill DuBoff, Basil Twist, Christian Parker, Abby Marcus, Tim Errickson, Matt Opatrny, Jessica Burr and many other fabulous people.

Don't miss all the excitement, the entertainment and the chance to celebrate OOB's 2009-2010 season with your fellow artists.

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Honorary Awards to Go to Major Players in Off-Off Community
by Doug Strassler

Every year, in addition to the production categories, the IT Foundation doles out three honorary awards at its annual ceremony. These Honorary Awards are presented to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Off-Off-Broadway community and are selected each year by the Honorary Awards Committee, co-chaired this year by Abby Marcus and Ben Hodges.

Get to know the 2010 Honorary Award recipients:
Artistic Achievement Award - Lanford Wilson
Stewardship Award - Dixon Place
Caffe Cino Fellowship Award - New York Neo-Futurists

Read more about these noteworthy recipients...

Audience Building is a year round activity

Copying is the highest form of flattery and it can do your show a world of good when it comes to marketing and PR. Take a look at what some of the marketing experts on Broadway are doing and see how you can implement some of their campaign strategies into your outreach. What are some things that really draw your attention? What are techniques they are using which you can incorporate as well? One thing I always point out is the use of photography in their collateral. I find that photos can sell you and your product much better than any other artwork--see me on Monday, September 20th at my photo wall at the IT Awards for 10 tips on how to use these and other photos.

Read more here...

For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
We Want You!

Ever want to get in on the IT Award action? Rub elbows and break a sweat backstage? Help get the parties started and the awards handed out! Awards is having its 6th Awards Ceremony and now is your chance to get involved!


We are particularly looking for people to join our volunteer team in the following areas:
Front of House (Ushers, Box Office, Greeters, Merchandise)
Stage Managers
General Event Support
Daytime Load in & Set Up
Riggers, Technicians & Production Assistants
Load Out Help
To Get In On the Action Go to this Link:
Volunteer Sign Up
If the link doesn't work please copy and paste URL into your server: http://ow.ly/2DK4s
For additional information visit: email our Company Manager Akia@nyitawards.com for more info

Community Corner


Sign up for Free Night of Theatre

The 3rd Annual Free Night of Theater NYC is just around the corner, and LIT wants OOB to be well represented. If you or your company are planning any public presentation during the month of October - reading, production, event - sign up to participate in the activities.

October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM)?
Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, NAHM is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the nation. From arts center open houses to mayoral proclamations to banners and media coverage, communities across the United States join together to recognize the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives.

NAHM will kick off with the announcement of the winning video entered in the  "Why Arts Matter" video contest!  There is still time to participate.  Why do the arts matter to you?

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.

Blog til you drop!

Our guest bloggers are never gonna stop. Neal Freeman gave us some random, but profound thoughts on Shakespeare. JD Carter told us that it is out with the old and time stop lamenting the past and start celebrating the now. Cyndy Marionbrought us words of wisdom from 3 of OOB's most prolific producers.

We can't wait to see what our next bloggers have to say...

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Cat Parker        9/12 - 9/19
David Johnston 9/20 - 9/25     
Mark Armstrong 9/26 - 10/2  

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

  BlogSpotWhen you're not producing, registering, performing in, or
 judging shows, please stop by FULL OF IT!

You can keep up with us on Blogspot, Twitter, Facebook & MySpace.



by Christopher Borg

Edward Albee autographs Lisa Kron's arm at the 2008 IT Awards Ceremony

Lisa Kron, celebrated Broadway and Off-Off-Broadway writer-performer, has been creating theater that inhabits "the gray area between theater and performance art" for over 20 years. Kron works from the humorous and poignant point of view of a self-described outsider; using her experiences as a Jewish woman living in the Christian Midwest and her life as a lesbian in the New York theater to create plays that are simultaneously real-time conversations with audiences and carefully constructed theatrical events.

With theater roots tracing back to the Purim plays she performed as a child, Kron studied at the Chautauqua Professional Actors Studio and the British European Studies Group in London before arriving in New York in 1984. In her early days she worked as an office temp and various other jobs while pursuing her acting career (she chronicled some of these in her play 101 Humiliating Stories).

In 1989, along with fellow collaborators, Maureen Angelos, Dominique Dibbell, Peg Healey and Babs Davy, she co-founded the theater company The Five Lesbian Brothers, a group creating satiric plays from a feminist, lesbian perspective. These works have been produced by the New York Theater Workshop, the Public Theater, the WOW Cafe and others. The Brothers have toured across the country and have received numerous awards, including an Obie Award.

On her own, Lisa has developed autobiographical plays about her family that have received critical acclaim in New York and London. Her play 2.5 Minute Ride won an Obie award and garnered comparisons to celebrated monologist, Spalding Gray.

In 2006, Kron took the little-known path from downtown lesbian theater artist to Broadway star when her play, Well, opened to critical acclaim at the Longacre Theater. Well was listed among the year's best plays by The New York Times and received two Tony Award nominations. Lisa herself was nominated for Actress in a Play and Jayne Houdyshell was nominated for Featured Actress.

Her newest play, In the Wake, about a family gathering set after the presidential election of 2000, premiered in March of this year at the Kirk Douglas Theater in LA directed by Leigh Silverman (who directed Well) and will be opening at The Public Theater this Fall.

It is notable that the first performance of Well in 2008 at Kalamazoo College played alongside a performance of the Five Lesbian Brothers' famed The Secretaries, a production of which is currently being produced by 2005 IT Award nominated Off-Off-Broadway company, TOSOS, in this year's Fringe Favorites series at the Lucille Lortel!

Lisa has told the IT Awards that while she enjoyed representing her community on the Great White Way, she is very happy to be back home in the downtown theater community hosting the IT Awards. And we are glad to have her back!

Get your IT Awards Merchandise

September is dedicated to terraNOVA Collective's production of Creating Illusion on the IT Awards calendar.

Show your community spirit and support the IT Awards with a 2009 wall calendar, T-Shirts, hats, photos & DVDs from the 2009 IT Awards ceremony, and books about OOB and NYC Theatre.

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