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JUNE 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 59
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Yank! Director Reflects on a
Goldin Career

by Doug Strassler

IgorGoldinName aside, IT Award-recipient Igor Goldin is a true-blue indie theater artist. He has toiled in many an Off-Off-Broadway show for more than two decades, and his perseverance has paid off in a smash hit. Yank!has been running in various houses throughout not just New York but also across the country. I spoke with Goldin, and found the conversation to be a lesson in the life a show can have.

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It is important to support those who support you

Patrick Lee was an enormous supporter of the Off-Off-Broadway community. In December, when Patrick saw the production of Working Man's Clothes' She Likes Girls he made sure that I had notified the GLAAD committee so that the show would get noticed -- and it did, winning a GLAAD Award for writer Chisa Hutchinson. This month, when I learned Patrick had passed away, my heart broke as a huge champion of the theatre community, and my friend, was now gone - read about him here. Patrick was a lover of theatre and a support of the craft; he attended more Off-Off-Broadway shows than anyone I know and wrote about them on Just Shows to Go You and Show Showdown. I am sure he's reviewed one of your shows. Let's gather and remember him by making a donation in his name to nyitawards.com or GLAAD.org. Show him you appreciate his support.

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Luminary Award Presented to

On May 17th, at a special presentation prior to the IT Awards benefit, Cabaretion, the very first Luminary Award was presented to Playwright and Actor, Christopher Durang. 

A luminary is someone who is an inspiration to others and has achieved eminence in their field.  There is no one who more truly embodies this distinction than Christopher Durang. As an OOB alumnus, he knows the challenges and limitations that face the artists working in this sector today. He is a dedicated actor and playwright who, while reaching great heights, has never forgotten his roots. He continues to be an inspiration to the artists working Off-Off-Broadway and a point of pride for our community.

Read more about it ....

Nominee Announcement

June 1st marked the end of the 2010 season, which means that the nominees will soon be announced. 

Please join us:

MONDAY, JULY 19, 2010
at the historic Off-Off-Broadway Venue
Demo Hall / Carmine St. Center at Our Lady of Pompeii
located at 25 Carmine Street (corner of Bleecker)

from 7pm to 10pm

The actual public announcement starts at 8pm, so come early, have a drink, get your picture taken and rub elbows with some of the most talented and exciting theatre artists in New York City!
Tickets are on sale now on our website for $15, on a first-come, first-served basis!  $20 at the door.
Do you have an
Outstanding Stage Manager?

Last year, the IT Awards were so excited to be able to honor the work of one of the hardest working and sometimes least recognized members of our production teams, the Stage Manager. We think we are the first awards organization to present an award for Stage Management along with all the other production awards. Something that was long overdue.
We were privileged to honor an extraordinary Stage Manager, Jillian Zeman, who was the first ever recipient of the Outstanding Stage Manager Award.
Judges' scores will be used by the Outstanding Stage Manager Committee (OSMC) to inform their decisions as they review applications and select the 2010 Outstanding Stage Manager.

If you registered a production with the IT Awards that for the 2009-2010 season, your stage manager is eligible for this award. However, the judge's scores and OSMC deliberations are only one part of the process for selecting the OSM.  The rest is up to you and your production team.
Please take a moment to review the application for Outstanding Stage Manager at: www.nyitawards.com/osm.
The deadline for submitting an application is Thursday, July 1, 2010 at 6pm.

Help us recognize your awesome stage manager.

Community Corner


NYSCA's (New York State Council for the Arts) budget to be cut by 40%
  (the biggest reduction of any State Agency)
What can you do?  Write to your state Legislator and let them know how important the arts are to you and your community. (check out the Community Action page to find your elected officials.) THERE IS STILL TIME FOR YOUR VOICE TO BE HEARD.

3LD in a Fight for It's Existance
Most of our community is by now aware that 3-Legged Dogis in a battle for its existence with the MTA. It is a complicated rent dispute with extenuating circumstances. Congressman Nadler and State Senator Squadron have intervened in an almost certain eviction process to bring the MTA to the table to negotiate. Read more about it.

2nd Annual Midsummer Classic (Picnic and Softball Game)
Join your fellow Off-Off-Broadway artists as we celebrate the summer, enjoy a day in the park and share your community spirit. SAVE-THE-DATE, Saturday, July 24th. Check out the details.

Money for arts complex in Lower Manhattan
At a recent meeting Community Board 1 and board member of the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, Julie Menin, revealed that $150 million in unused funds for downtown had been discovered. She proposed the money be used to immediately build a performing arts center on the Deutsche Bank site. Read more about it...

Tax Abatement Proposal that benefits OOB

All 12 Manhattan Community Boards have voted to support the tax abatement proposal that will give a tax credit to landlords who provide either free or significantly discounted rent to not-for-profit arts organizations.  Learn more.

It's an achievement that this proposal has reached this level of success.  However, in order for this proposal to be enacted into law, it needs support of the other four NYC Boroughs.

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.

We will, We will ROCK YOU!

Our guest bloggers are so super, they are able to leap tall buildings in a single bound. Jillian Zeman  reveals her motto, "I can't... I have rehearsal." John Patrick Bray says that OOB defines itself through the community. Jon Hoche is twitterpated with Twitter. Connie Hall draws the parallels between restaurants and theatre and Leigh Goldenberg tells us that everything she learned about arts management she learned Off-Off-Broadway.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Becky Comtois         6/21 - 6/26
TBA                        6/28 - 7/3
Michael Criscolo      7/5 - 7/10
Kevin Townley         7/12 - 7/17
Qui Nguyen             7/19 - 7/24

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!

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? The IT Awards is entering into its 6th event season and now's your chance to get involved!


We are looking for people to join the IT Awards in short term and long term positions for the event season.   Here are just a few positions open for the season:

Computer Savvy, Super Organized and Self Motivated? Perfect! There's a position for you:  Office Coordinator, a New Year Round Staff Position!

Love Parties & Feeding People? Great! Want to be our Event Food & Beverage Manager?

Are you a super geek who loves web development and systems? A Website Programmer is needed all year round!

Want to stretch your production skills and learn more about the backstage antics of the NYITA? Be a Production Assistant from June to October!

Want to inspire through the moving image? We need Film Makers & Editors for seasonal projects!

Got skills you want to share? Drop us a line!

For additional information visit: email our Company Manager Akia@nyitawards.com for more info



by Christopher Borg

JeffGrow at the 2008 IT Awards

"Seeing is believing, but perception can be manipulated for beauty or deception"
              -- Jeff Grow

Save the date now because Jeff Grow, accomplished magician and performance artist, is reprising his runaway hit of 2009, Creating Illusion, which took home 2009 Innovative Theatre Awards for both Outstanding Solo Performer and Outstanding Performance Art Production. And judging from the amazing performance that I saw at the IT Awards "Cabaration" benefit in May, I have no doubt he will be making tickets to the limited 2-performance run at PS122 disappear before our very eyes!

If you are like me you tend to be cynical about magicians, thinking of them less as performance artists and more as gimmicky variety acts, but even in the short set I witnessed, it was clear that Jeff's low-key and honest style of magic is neither cheesy nor gimmicky and creates a genuine cross-over genre. When asked what he enjoys about working in indie theatre, Grow said, "the people and the community that is created. I love (good) festivals...one gets to meet and hang out with extremely driven, intelligent, creative, and often @#&*! hilarious people. It takes a lot of extra ordinary effort to produce theatre...in order to take it all on, one has to be a little out of their mind - which, actually, is even more delightful - meeting and hanging out with folks who are a little out of their minds!"

Besides Creating Illusion, Jeff (a handsome fellow who has also appeared in films and TV commercials) has presented his stage shows Magicians, Wise Fools & Ordinary Magic, and A Story About Magic in New York and at venues across Europe. He has been featured in the City's top venues and boasts a long roster of corporate clients. He consults on film, commercials and theatre, including recent productions for Arena Stage and Long Wharf Theatre. Creating Illusion is being produced by East River Commedia in association with terraNOVA Collective as part of the fourth annual undergroundzero festival at PS122. Described as "a journey where elegant sleight of hand and insight into human behavior collide to dismantle everyday experience and tempts us to question: Why do we choose to believe the unbelievable?" Creating Illusion will run July 17th & July 18th, for times and tickets you may visit www.PS122.org.




New York Neo-Futurists (recipients of the 2009 IT Award for Outstanding Ensemble) are presenting their fourth annual Gay Pride Benefit show: Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go GAY! 30 gay plays in 60 straight minutes on June 25 and 26 at the Kraine Theatre. (I, along with Dan McCoy, have the pleasure of curating this work.)

Like the title suggests, 30 short plays (hand-picked from their best and sexiest and funniest) are packed into 60 minutes creating a collage of the personal, political, dance and spoken word to reveal the struggle, the joy, the power of being human, being different and being out and proud in New York City. In support of freedom for all the world's citizens, proceeds of the show go to benefit LGBT advocacy in Uganda through the Fund for Global Human Rights.

Uganda's LGBT population is estimated to be 500,000, but homosexuals face widespread discrimination and harassment at the hands of the police, media, teachers, and the government. They live in hiding and those that are caught face terrible repercussions, including arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, beatings, torture, and even death at the hands of the authorities or their own communities. Come celebrate freedom and support Ugandan activists with the me at Too Much Pride Makes The Baby Go Gay! June 25 and 26 at 10:30 pm go here to tickets.


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June is dedicated to HERE Arts Center's production of Lee/gendary on the IT Awards calendar.

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Urban Research Theater's production of Play/War; The Panoply Performance Laboratory's production ofThe Last Dreams of Helene Weigel or How to Get Rid of The Feminism Once and For All; The Collective NY's production ofSomeone Who'll Watch Over Me; Fiasco Theater, LTD's production ofTwelfth Night 

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