Update July 2010 


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JULY 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 60
Doug Strassler, Editor 

2010 Nominee Announcement

The 2010 Nominee Announcement is this Monday! We are so excited about the amazing work that happened this year and can not wait to celebrate the companies and artists that made it all happen.

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 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.

This event is sponsored by
    GUS (Grown Up Soda)    Yuengling Beer    Drew & Rogers, Inc.
   Kampfire Films PR         United Stages     Kyden Machine Inc. 


Always be appreciative of the media

Always be appreciative of the media and the contacts you develop.  We've all heard that "it is all about relationships." This is especially true when it comes to PRESS. Hey, that's why you hire a press agent right?  So here are a few rules of thumb on how to deal with the press. Read more here...

For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.

Community Corner


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 community spirit. SAVE-THE-DATE: Saturday, July 24th. Check out the details.

Dance New Amsterdam Faces Eviction
Dance New Amsterdam (DNA) is fighting to keep its doors open. In a statement on their website they say, "Despite successful efforts to stabilize financially, DNA as a not-for-profit arts organization is unable to sustain a current commercial lease agreement of $68,945 in monthly rent which includes a monthly city tax of $33,050. Questions regarding public policy issues connected to the lease remain unaddressed."Read more about it...

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...

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.

Hot Summer in the City

Our guest bloggers are running wild and lookin' pretty. Becky Comtois espoused the benefits of the open dress rehearsal. Michael Criscolo admits that he's a crank and gives us his wish list for indie theatre.

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
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

The cast of Soul Kitchen

In May the cast of the new musical, Soul Kitchen wowed the audience at the IT Awards Benefit, CABARETION! Now, through the shear force of good will and will power of the artistic team, this troupe has landed a date at Joe's Pub.

For years Soul Kitchen has been a labor of love for writer and director, Michael V. Doane. This year Doane and the cast set a rather ambitious goal, to perform at Joe's Pub. They mentioned this aspiration to almost everyone in the business hoping to establish the right connections and make this dream a reality. Their undaunted efforts have finally paid off.  "Playing this legendary venue is a huge thrill for myself and the entire SK posse past and present" says Doane.  He also mentions that they have incorporated "additional songs and staging just for Joe's Pub."

Their performance in August will be a true testament to the outstanding and tenacious work of their entire team. Congratulations!
at 7:30PM
Joe's Pub
@ the Public Theatre
425 Lafayette St between E. 4th and Astor Place
For reservations and more information call 212-967-7555 or online at JoesPub.com
Loni Ackerman, Yolanda Batts, Chris Dilley, Michael V. Doane, Briana Carlson-Goodman, Renee Marino, Candice Smith, Andrew Suvalsky, and LaTrice Verrett. With Dennis Blischak on piano, Assen Doykin on keyboards, Mark Mollica on guitar, Michael O'Brien on bass, and Yutaka Uchida on drums.


Get your IT Awards Merchandise

July is dedicated to Astoria Performing Arts Center's production of Ragtime on the IT Awards calendar.

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

You can get yours now at our shop.


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Header Photos (L to R) - anna&meredith's production of GORMANZEE & Other Stories, The Brick Theater's production of Theater of the Arcade: Five Classic Video Games Adapted for the Stage Del Valle Productions, Inc.'s production of Brownsville Bred and Boomerang Theatre Company's production of The Tempest

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


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