Update: May 2011 

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MAY 2011                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                Issue 71
Doug Strassler, Editor 

Remembering OOB Hero
Doric Wilson 

by Doug Strassler 

Influential playwright and activist Doric Wilson - an honorary IT Award recipient - passed away this month at the age of 72. 

Born in Washington State, Wilson began writing plays as a high school student. In 1959, he moved to New York City as an actor. In 1961, though, he hit a career milestone as one of the first resident playwrights at Caffe Cino, with such plays as And He Made A Her, Babel Babel Little Tower, Now She Dances!, and Pretty People. His work helped establish Caffe Cino as a hub in the burgeoning Off-Off-Broadway movement, and Dances! was the first Off-Off play to portray gay people in a positive light. Later, Wilson also became a founding member of Circle Repertory Company.

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Safe Home, Lanford Wilson

by Shay Gines

On Monday, May 16, 2011, friends and colleagues gathered on an overcast afternoon at the Lyceum Theater to celebrate the life of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson.

Wilson is considered to be one of the founders of the Off-Off-Broadway movement. He began his career at the Caffe Cino where his plays Ludlow Fair, Home Free!, and The Madness of Lady Bright were presented. It is at the Cino that Wilson met and began work with his life-long collaborator, director Marshall Mason. Together they forged a 40-year partnership that resulted in some of the most heartfelt and celebrated plays of their generation.

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Don't Wear All the Hats All at Once
If Kampfire were to create a survey to find out why artists multitask the way they do, we are pretty sure the results would show the biggest reason is money. When most of an OOB budget is allocated to rehearsal and performance space, it is hard to bring on all of collaborators we need and we end up wearing more hats than a congregation at a Baptist church on Sunday.

Take marketing and PR for example; how important is it to hire a representative instead of doing it yourself? Sure there are the obvious factors, if we aren't experts in the field and especially if we don't have the contacts, a marketer or press rep is a must - but what if we possess the ability to do both things?

Recently my colleague Antonio had to step up at the last minute and direct a pretty challenging show for which he was originally on board as marketer and PR rep. Could he manage all three? Yes, and he is very capable doing all of these aspects. But could he give each area the focus that it required? Could he maintain perspective of the project? Big No.

Thankfully, they succeeded with the help of a marketing committee and a publicist, but for a second he was going to wear all the hats all at once. Fortunately he saw the perils of being an island in an art where collaboration is key.

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


Community Corner   


Update on Brooklyn Town Hall Property Tax Relief Initiative  
On Monday, May 9th, a town hall was held to inform and engage Brooklyn based non-profit performing arts organizations in the discussion about the tax relief initiative. The arts support and advocacy organizations gave an update on how the tax relief initiative is progressing, next steps, and opportunities for direct theater community involvement. A spirited question-and-answer session followed, including encouraging remarks from New York City Councilmember Stephen Levin who sits on the Council's Land Use committee and represents the neighborhood in which the meeting was held.   Read More.  

OOB Audience Survey 
The Innovative Theatre Foundation is conducting the fourth part of our OOB research project. This study focuses on OOB Audiences. If you are an OOB Audience member, please take the survey today. If you have a production that will be performing in the next few months, we could use your help. Please email us at info@nyitawards.com.     

Theatre World v67

For the last 67 years, Theatre World has been documenting Broadway and Off-Broadway productions and has become the leading archivist of information for American Theatre. (There is more information about Theatre World at the end of this email.) In 2009 they began to include Off-Off-Broadway.
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NEA releases study on the value of the arts 
The National Endowment for the Arts has released a new report titled "Time and Money: Using Federal Data to Measure the Value of Performing Arts Activities," which measures the value of the arts in three ways: time spent on arts activities; organizational revenue and expenses; and direct consumer spending. Check out the full report


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 hotter than
summer in NYC!

James Comtois told OOB to Up the Ante; Stacy Davidowitz shared her best and worst rejection letters; August Schulenburg theorized that All Theatre is Cosmology; and Joe Mathers asked, what do you do when you're involved in a show that is... less than stellar?

We can't wait to see what our Guest Bloggers will say next.

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Joey Rizzolo   May 30 - June 4

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Philip Rothman 

by Christopher Borg


Deirdre MacNamara and Jake Lipman in Tongue in Cheeks' production of Proof.

What does an Off-Off-Broadway sound designer do in his off-time?  Oh, just compose for symphony orchestras and HBO. Slumming it much?


Nationally recognized composer Philip Rothman was nominated in 2010 for Outstanding Sound Design for his work on Tongue In Cheek Production's Proof. More recently,  you can hear his orchestrations in the motion picture The Beaver, in theaters right now, and also the upcoming Too Big to Fail which premieres on HBO May 23rd.


Rothman's compositions have been performed by the North Carolina Symphony, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, the Juilliard Orchestra, and the United States Military Academy Band among others. His music has been heard at major venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center as well as broadcast on more than 200 radio stations in America. Recent works include orchestrations for feature films such as The Nanny Diaries, Hollywoodland (Focus Features), and You Don't Know Jack (HBO Films). Rothman received a Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University and a Master of Music degree from The Juilliard School. He has earned numerous awards and honors throughout his career including four ASCAP Foundation Morton Gould Young Composer Awards, the Brian M. Israel Prize, a fellowship from the League of American Orchestras, and various grants from the American Music Center. Rothman currently serves as program advisor to the Aaron Copland Fund for Music.


Rothman is currently working on a new orchestral commission for the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, to premiere on July 23. In celebration of its 50th Anniversary, the Eastern Music Festival & School (EMF) has commissioned five new world premieres from Rothman as well as composers Pierre Jalbert, Peter Boyer, Michael Hersch, and Vivian Fung, all of whom will be in attendance for their premieres.  This marks the first time that Eastern Music Festival will have five world premieres in one season, each of which will be performed in July during the 2011 Season.


While Rothman's work is celebrated across the country, his natural modesty came out last year.  When he received his nomination, he described creating music and sound design for Proof as "a joy" and was quoted as saying "I'm so delighted to be nominated for this award; I share it with the enormously talented cast and crew, who incorporated my work seamlessly into the show."  Now that's a class act.


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