Update November 2010 


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NOVEMBER 2010                               News from Off-Off-Broadway                                Issue 65
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Ghosts In The Cottonwoods
  Special $25 Tickets to Adam Rapp's Ghosts in the
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Taking Time to
Thank Some OOB Angels

By Doug Strassler

Although the year isn't quite over yet, it's never too early to take a look at what a couple of the more prominent OOB allies have accomplished recently - and what's coming around the corner.

We touch base with LIT, The Community Dish and Decades Out to find out what they've been up to and what they have planned for 2011.

Read the full story...

From the staff and board of the Innovative Theatre Foundation, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!


Combating the downturn
Some months are tougher than others, and autumn is always an incredibly busy time of year. It is the beginning of the theatrical season; Broadway, Off-Broadway and OOB productions are opening almost every day of the week and several big holiday shows and events are also competing for audiences and press. Everyone feels the pressure. So what can you do to combat a downturn, fill your houses and make your audience feel appreciated?

Here are 6 tips on how to boost your marketing and promotions.

Read more here...

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Community Corner


OOB Audience Survey
What do you want to know about your audience members? The Innovative Theatre Foundation is beginning the fourth part of our survey program which will provide important information about the OOB audience.  We'd like to hear from you. What information would be helpful for you to know about your audience? Please email us at info@nyitawards.com and let us know.

Election Recap

"Frustration with the nation's lack of economic recovery is clearly top of mind among voters and candidates.  Likewise, nonprofit arts organizations have also felt the sting of the recession with state and local government arts funding dropping as much as 16 percent, and private charitable gifts to the arts declining $1.2 billion in just two years.  Additionally, individual artists have been experiencing unemployment at twice the rate of other educated, professional workers" said
Americans for the Arts President and CEO Robert L. Lynch. (read more) What can you do?
  • Ask all freshman members of Congress to begin thinking about joining the bipartisan Congressional Arts Caucus or Senate Cultural Caucus. 
  • Send a letter of congratulations to each elected leader representing your community (federal, state, and local levels) and identify yourself or your organization as a resource on arts policy issues (check out the Community Action page to find your elected officials).
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.

Are you Full of IT?

We are! Tom Wojtunik told us that "Queens is not that far." Amanda Feldman revealed her vision for a cooperative NYC theatre community. Cathy Bencivenga enlightened us about the gray area of NYC theatre and Stacy Mayer shared her excitement and fears of relocating across country.

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

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
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Nat Cassidy       11/22 - 11/27   
Patrick Shearer  11/29 - 12/4   
TBA                   12/6 - 12/11   
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Header Photos (L to R) -   
Litterally Alive's production of A Christmas Carol, Extant Art's production of Ghosts, Billie Holiday Theatre's production of Brothers from the Bottom, and Duel Theatre's production of Tape.

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



by Christopher Borg


James Comtois at the 2010 IT Awards
Nominee Announcement Party


If you haven't already heard of James Comtois, Off-Off-Broadway's bad boy playwright, you will soon. Keep your eye on this one. No seriously, if you judge a writer by the characters he creates, then don't turn your back on him.

The co-founder of Nosedive Productions, Comtois has spread his brand of off-kilter demented dramas and dark - I mean DARK - comedy all over the city, most notably at the Brick in Brooklyn and at the Ranch with the Vampire Cowboys.

A good example of the Comtois flavor is his play, Infectious Opportunity, recently published by Original Works Publishing. In the play, for which Comtois received a 2010 IT Award nomination for Outstanding Full-Length Script, screenwriter Wes Farley is enjoying national attention for his work, partly because of the HIV+ status which he has faked for the past 10 years to boost his career.  Drawbacks to his plan begin to emerge and Wes tries to free himself from his tangled web.

Missed that one? Fortunately, New York Indie theatre fans have two upcoming opportunities to taste Comtois fresh from the stage, both for free!

First is Starboat, a five-part sci-fi serial produced at the Battle Ranch in Brooklyn as part of the Vampire Cowboy's  popular theatre series "Saturday Night Saloon," a free monthly event featuring original, genre-bending serialized plays by NYC artists (and all-you-can-drink beer) through January. The series features six new serialized plays including two by past IT Award nominees Mac Rogers and Crystal Skillman.

Starboat is directed by Nosedive's Pete Boisvert & Patrick Shearer (2008 Outstanding Sound Design Nominee).

In Comtois' other play Dammit, Office Girl!, an employee yearns for the administrative assistant from a cubicle afar. The play is part of the free "We the Corporate Body Festival" presented by Horse Trade Theater Group and The Subjective Theatre Company at the Kraine Theatre during December. This festival of short plays is inspired by the Supreme Court's ruling that corporations are entitled to the same rights to donate to politicians as private citizens.

More information on Starboat

For reservations for Dammit, Office Girl! visit reservations@subjectivetheater.org

More information about James Comtois


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4-time IT Award Nominees, The Amoralists present the first play by Obie-Award winning playwright, Adam Rapp.

Ghosts In The Cottonwoods

"Rapp's dialogue is beautiful mayhem, full of mudslops and dogsnakes and hog gravy, and we care just enough about these strange souls to be devastated by their pain...it jolts and haunts all involved in its happy amoralism."                        -The New Yorker

On the night of a terrible storm, a single mother and her younger son await the arrival of the older son, who has broken out of prison. Two others arrive before him: a stranger with a wounded leg and a girl with a suitcase. Nothing will ever be the same.

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