Update: October 2012 


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OCTOBER 2012                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                  Issue 89
Doug Strassler, Editor                                    www.nyitawards.com  

Looking for some spooky fun? OOB is offering up lots of Halloween Treats!  


Hollow - the Musical
by Literally Alive
A new musical about on the mysterious disappearance that inspired the Legend of Sleepy Hollow  
10/6 - 12/29  


Rough Approximations: A Devil Tale
A band of brothers and sisters come to terms with the mysterious death of their dear mother  
10/26 - 11/4    
Demons, witches, zombies, and bloody murder make this the perfect Halloween treat!
10/25 - 11/4

The Haunting of St. Marks Place
Explore scary urban legends and tales about St.Marks Place 
10/11 - 12/30  

Bedbugs!!! The Comedy Sci-Fi Thriller Rock Musical
Girl meets bug in this original comedy sci-fi thriller rock musical. 
10/19 - 11/4  

The Blood Brothers present... Reanimated
by Nosedive Productions   
The best of the Blood Brothers' macabre stories and gory tales.
Lost campers wander into Ghost Stories and new-boy Oliver braves Consummation Station. 
11/1 - 11/17

The psychological and physical effects of an insect infestation. 
10/13 - 11/3  

Also check out the Halloween Collection at Indie Theater Now!  Nine plays about vampires, zombies and assorted monsters and spooky creatures. 

 Tell us about your spooky adventures. 

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Think of a Fringe Festival, but online, where the audience is global, seating is unlimited and viewers can participate in live chat discussions, interact through twitter and facebook, while the performance is happening.

WiredArts Fest is currently accepting project submissions from organizations (and individual artists applying with producing company support) across all disciplines and genres of performance. They are seeking dynamic, adventurous companies to perform in this groundbreaking medium.

The submission deadline is November 9, 2012.

View the online application form see the FAQs. You can also learn more about ViritualArts.TV's past work at

What does success mean?

For most of us it means sold-out shows, great reviews, and positive audience response. But what if one or all of those things don't happen? What next? Try to think about the goals of your production, why are you producing this piece, is it to be developed so it can go on to the next level? Is it the final masterpiece of years of work? Is it to showcase a group of actors? It is important to have GOALS in mind before starting pre-production. I often sit in a first client meeting and ask what their goals are for both the production and for PR.  Be goal-minded as small successes are often the most important. 

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


Community Corner   



  •  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.       
  • Charitable Giving Incentives in Danger
    From American's for the Arts: December 31, 2011 saw the expiration of several tax provisions that require congressional renewal. The Senate Finance Committee approved a slimmed down extenders package, but several key incentives are now in danger of disappearing Read more...    and contact your Congressional Representatives.  
  • The Brick turns 10!
    Save-the-Date as the Brick celebrates their Decennial on Monday, December 3, 2012 @ 7pm. Read more... 
  • Congratulations York Shakespeare Company!
    The York Shakespeare Company kicks off their 10th Anniversary Season with a repertory of plays and an IndieGoGo campaign.  

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.
Favorites of the Season...

In November we will ask some of OOB most prolific audience members to give us their end of year wrap up and talk about some of their favorite shows of this season.  Check back starting November 5th.

In the meantime, have you heard about this "Mint Offline Social Interaction called ... 'thee-uh-ter' "?

Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.

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Do you have nieces, nephews, children of your own or friends with kids?

Or friends who act like kids?

If so... give them a special holiday gift that will excite their imagination, tickle their funny bone and enhance their Christmas experience.

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During this Magical and exciting time of year, children are anticipating their visit from Santa and the joys and surprises of Christmas morning. Enhanced their Christmas experience with a handwritten, personalized letter from Santa, addressed to your child and postmarked from the North Pole. Even the most skeptical child will believe the authenticity of this special keepsake.

All proceeds benefit the IT Foundation. And if you are really in the giving spirit, you can help us spread the word about this service.



2012 Election

by Shay Gines

Do the Candidates
  Support the Arts?

Election Day 2012 is quickly approaching. Through public appearances and ads wherever you look, the candidates have been making their case for your vote. Between U.S. and State representatives New Yorkers will be deciding on 241 seats. While there are certainly many important issues to take into account when casting a ballot, I wanted to know how our local political contenders support the arts.

So I set out to discover where  hopeful candidates stood on the arts. This was a much more difficult task than I had imagined. Many different organizations ask candidates to complete questionnaires revealing their position on certain issues. Health Care, the economy, the environment, education, gun control, Afghanistan and several other topics are universal to most position polls. The Arts and Humanities however... is a topic that is often not included in the questions asked. In those questionnaires where the arts are included, candidates will often skip the question. Even candidates who have a strong history of supporting the arts are reluctant to articulate their stance on this issue.

When Barack Obama took office in 2009, he was the first President ever to enter office with a plan for the arts. However, if you look at his website today, the arts is no longer included in the list of issues that he is addressing.

Most candidates will release official statements about their position on a variety of topics, but you will be hard pressed to find a candidate who has an official statement about arts and culture. Even Catherine Wark - who is an artist - does not have an official policy on the arts.

When the Democratic National Committee released their National Platform in September, it included a statement of support for the arts:

"Arts and Culture. Democrats are proud of our support for arts funding and education. We are committed to continuing the policies and programs that have already done so much for our creative arts industry and economy. Investment in the arts strengthens our communities and contributes to our nation's rich cultural heritage. We will continue to support public funding for the National Endowment for the Arts, for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and for programs providing art and music education in primary and secondary schools. The entire nation prospers when we protect and promote the unique and original artistic and cultural contributions of the women and men who create and preserve our nation's heritage."

Americans for the Arts requested an official stand from Governor Romney on this topic but has yet to receive a response. You can check out their website for updates to see if they receive it in the next couple of weeks.

So how do you know if the arts are important to your candidates? Well, each year Americans for the Arts scores incumbent candidates from the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives based on: their voting record on items such as arts funding, committee memberships, sponsorship of pro-arts legislation, and other pro-arts activities and issues a grade. This is very helpful, but it only provides information about the incumbents and not their rivals. Also, it only provides information for national seats and not state or local seats.

After two days of researching NY candidates' positions; reading their statements, websites and blogs; reviewing questionnaires; scanning newspaper articles and searching countless pieces of key legislature, I was disappointed with my results.

You can check out my findings here (scroll to the bottom of the page).  I'll update it over the next few weeks as I uncover more information. And if you know information about where these candidates stand on the arts, please email me [shay at nyitawards dot com] and I will include your insights.

86% of OOB practitioners voted in the 2004 presidential election. This is 22% higher than the national average of 64%.



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