Update January 2011 

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JANUARY 2011                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                Issue 67
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Top 10 Events
That Affected OOB in 2010

Each new year, our staff reviews stories from the previous season and assembles our list of the most important things that happened. Here is our list of the top 10 events that affected OOB in 2010.

(in sort of chronological order)
  1. The Recession
  2. OOB Demographics Study Released
  3. World Theatre Day Celebrated in New York City
  4. 3LD vs. the MTA
  5. Tax Abatement Proposal gets support from all 12 Manhattan CBs
  6. Ohio Shuttered
  7. 2nd Annual Indie Theatre Midsummer Classic
  8. Artists Fleeing NYC
  9. Documenting OOB (Indie Theatre Companion, Decades Out, Theatre World & Robert Patrick's Photo Archive)
  10. OOB Provides Help Around the World

    Read details about these events...

Time Out New York's David Cote Discusses the State of the OOB Art

By Roman Feeser

David Cote is the Theatre Editor at Time Out New York. Cote took time out of his busy schedule to discuss the new Off-Off-Broadway highlights page, the current state of Off-Off Broadway in media and tips on how to get your show to stand out from the rest.

Read the full story...



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Community Corner


What is this NYCON?
Recently members of NYSCA received an email saying that they were now also members of the New York Council of Non-Profits (NYCON)  and encouraged us to "get to know our benefits."

What is this new organization and how can they help you? On January 20, 2011 they are holding a free seminar to address those questions.

Conference details.

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 cooler than a snow day!

We hope you enjoyed our blog over the past year. We hosted 44 amazing members of our community as our guest bloggers. We will continue in 2011 and we will also be including several theme months. Stop by and check it out.

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

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Jeffrey Keenan                1/10 - 1/15  
Stephanie Barton-Farcas  1/17 - 1/22   
Martin Denton                 1/24 - 1/29  



Will Maitland Weiss, Executive Director, Arts & Business Council of New York and Paul Nagle, Executive Director of Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability among others.

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Parallel Exit's production of ROOM 17BThe Forge's production of Immortal: The Gilgamesh Variations; and IRT's production of Carnival Round the Central Figure.

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by Shay GInes


Ellen Stewart and Tom O'Horgan at the 2005 IT Awards Ceremony

Ellen Stewart's passed away on January 13, 2011 at the age of 91. Her memorial service was held at the St. Patrick's Cathedral on Monday, January 17th. It was an auspicious location that inspires reverence and much like the lady herself was theatrical, grand and demands respect. The opulent hall was filled with friends, family and many of the artists whose lives Ellen had touched. La MaMa Board President, Frank Carucci noted that "there is a full house here today, which would have made Ellen very happy."


Director Reverend George Drance served as the Principal Celebrant of the services and began by assuring us that "everyone has a story about Ellen. She was a story teller and a story maker." Those stories have been in turn inspiring, jaw dropping, shocking, unbelievable, astonishing, motivating, infuriating and moving.


She was infamously outspoken and opinionated. She was fearless and passionate. Through her tenacious determination, she built one of the most revered and long lived independent theatres in the world.


Ellen moved from Louisiana to New York in 1950 and worked as a dressmaker and designer. In 1961 she founded the Café La MaMa in a basement on East 9th Street as a place there her brother and his friends could present theatre. From the beginning, La MaMa was committed to the artist and for over 40 years Ellen greeted  audiences with her now famous words, "Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to La MaMa, dedicated to the playwright and to all aspects of the theater."


While artists were delighted to have a space in which to create and a stage on which to present their work, neighbors were less than happy about the number of men coming and going at all hours of the day and night. Accusing Ellen of being a lady of the evening police were called numerous times to investigate. These troubles eventually lead to eviction. At one performance Ellen asked all of the audience members to please stand up, pick up their chair and follow her down the street. She then led the parade of slightly confused but game audience members as they marched a couple of blocks to the new La MaMa location.


Despite her protestations she was an artist herself. She was an accomplished director, playwright and composer. In 2007 she was nominated for Outstanding Original Music for Herakles Via Phaedra from the New York Innovative Theatre Awards. In 2009, even though she was in failing health she conceived, wrote and directed her final production, Asclepius from a hospital bed that was placed in La MaMa's Annex Theatre.


Read the full tribute...



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