Update: March 2013 


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MARCH 2013                              News from Off-Off-Broadway                                  Issue 94
Doug Strassler, Editor                                    www.nyitawards.com  

Get Political For Your Art

by Jennifer Conley Darling
On Tuesday, March 12, 2013, the League of Independent Theater gathered over 200 of its members at The Players Club in Gramercy Park to hear from a large pool of political candidates running for office in this year's New York City elections.

What was the objective of the evening? On behalf of the membership, the League has set out to endorse certain political candidates  running for Mayor, Manhattan Borough President, Queens Borough President, Public Advocate, and several open seats on the City Council in Bronx, Brooklyn, Manhattan and Queens. 

Jennifer Conley Darling, Board Member for League of Independent Theater gives us a recap of this important forum. 

Honorary Awards Applications
Now Available Online

Applications are due Monday, May 1, 2013 @ 6PM 


The Honorary Awards are:
  • The Artistic Achievement Award, presented to an individual who has made a significant artistic contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community;
  • The Caffe Cino Fellowship Award, presented to an Off-Off-Broadway theatre company that consistently produces outstanding work. This award also includes a grant to be used toward an Off-Off-Broadway production.
  • The Ellen Stewart Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership.

Complete your application today!





  • World Theatre Day is around the corner...
    or around the globe!  In honor of WTD 2013, the New York World Theatre Day Coalition is producing "The Around the Globe Chain Play," a play written by 16 playwrights from 13 countries. You can learn about the playwrights on the nycwtd blog. And the LARK will present a reading of this chain play on March 27th at 7pm. FREE. Reservations required.     
  • The Brick's 10th Anniversary Event
    Brooklyn's own Brick Theater celebrates its 10th Anniversary this year and on March 25th at 7pm will present "Decennial: A Brick Odyssey" featuring transmedia, one-minute plays, a raffle, drinks and more. Tickets HERE   
  • In collaboration with force/collision, NY Madness and New York Theatre Review, NoPassport will host an evening of works in support of gun control on April 29th at 6:30pm at New Dramatists. The plays were recently published in 24 Gun Control Plays.
      More info. RSVP @ nopassport2013forguncontrol@gmail.com beginning 4/1  
  • The Sequester impacts national arts funding
    The national sequester is an across-the-board cut to federal agencies totaling $85 billion in reductions to most areas of domestic social programs, including the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA's portion of this cut is $7.3 million. Want to add your voice to the arts advocacy efforts to restore funding? You can attend National Arts Advocacy Day on April 9th in D.C. Registration is now open.  
  • Cherry Lane's Mentor Project celebrates 15 years
    Cherry Lane is celebrating the 15th anniversary of their Obie Award-winning Mentor Project program. The Mentor Project engages leading dramatists in one-on-one mentoring relationships with emerging playwrights for a theater season, culminating in a showcase production in Cherry Lane's Studio theatre. Read this Blog Post about their recent gala honoring the program. This year's mentors are: Kia Corthron, Cynthia Hopkins, Eduardo Machado, and Enda Walsh. Running through April 13th.      
  • Art Space in the Hudson Rail Yards
    Are you a non-profit organization that rents or owns an art/theatre space in zip codes 10018 or 10036? If so, Community Board 4 NEEDS to hear from you.
  • National Arts Advocacy  
    Save-the-Date, April 8-9, 2013 - Learn More... 

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.  

Win 1 Hour of Consulting with Kampfire PR
by posting your Marketing/PR questions on our Facebook  Page--on the thread titled "Questions from the Off-Off-Broadway Community".  
The best questions will be answered in the upcoming month's Kampfire Kounsel and everyone will be entered to win the consulting session.

Where are the best places to leave flyers/postcards in NYC?
There are at least 50 theaters that will take postcards and put them out--focus on the ones around where you are performing.  Rehearsal spaces and shared office space like ART/NY will also have tables available for postcards.  Focus on who your audience is and target the places they would frequent. Don't forget your local bodega, coffee shop, dry cleaner--places you go on a regular basis and that they know you, they should be willing to put out postcards or hang a poster.

Drew Lewis, contact Kampfire for your hour free consulting.
For more helpful marketing tips check out  Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.




Superhero theatre artists needed!
Saturday, April 13th

The Indie Theatre Response Team provides relief to children & families affected disaster and adversity.


Many families continue to deal with hardships and uncertainties in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Many still do not have homes and have lost their belongings.



  • Dance Instructors
  • Jugglers
  • Tumblers
  • Teaching Artists
  • People to lead arts & crafts

Arts can heal communities.     Email Akia@nyitawards.com


Read about one of our previous trips.


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We are currently accepting applications for our internship program for our 2013 season The Innovative Theatre Foundation Internship Program offers a rich and challenging experience for qualified college students, graduates and young professionals who are actively pursuing careers in professional theater.


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In This Issue
Get Political: Recap of LIT forum
Honorary Award Applications
Community Corner
Kampfire Kounsel
Superhero Artists Needed
Intern with us!
The Blog
Spotlight On: Richard Kent Green



Richard Kent Green 

by Christopher Borg


Richard Kent Green was nominated for a 2012 IT Award for his outstanding lighting design for Greg Oliver Bodine's solo piece, Poe Times Two, (Mr. Bodine was also nominated for Outstanding Solo Performance and the production for Outstanding Revival of a Play).

But like many artists working Off-Off-Broadway, his talents are not limited to one discipline, and he will be acting in his next project: the world premiere production of Tom Kelly's Bleached Blonde Betty at WorkShop Theatre. 

The world premiere of BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY by Tom Kelly is being produced by Cat On My Head Productions at the Workshop Theatre. It follows the story of Betty, a grad student in a creative writing program and a hard working waitress, who falls for her stripper roommate's boyfriend and the two of them are caught up in a museum heist and encounter an ex-gigolo, a serial killer, a recovering junkie and a mob enforcer with a taste for performance art.

CAB: So you've worn a few different hats in the theatre?

RKG:I have worn pretty much every hat there is to wear in theatre. If I made a T-shirt with all my skills on it (actor/director/producer/songwriter/musician/set design/lighting design...), they would wind all the way around a couple of times. The world must be full of theatre artists like me. I've certainly worked with scads of them in NYC, and indie theater is the only level wherein we can flex all our artistic muscles.

I'd like to think of myself as a Renaissance Man of the theater, but in all honesty, I'm really just a guy who can't say "no."


CAB:Tell us about lighting Poe Times Two.

RKG:Greg Bodine asked me to light Poe Times Two because I was so familiar with the space at The Jewel Box Theatre. The great fun of working on it was that his director, DeLisa M. White, encouraged me to go "as dark as possible" for the darkest scenes - which was pretty darn dark, as the Jewel Box is so intimate (30 seats).  We took the production down to Cape May Theatre for a very successful run in November of 2012 to recreate the New York production. As fate would have it, we were scheduled to load in the very day (and location) of hurricane Sandy's landfall. We ended up loading in, mounting and teching all in one day (exactly ten out of twelve!) and opening a day or two late.


CAB:Wow!  Indie artists are the most stalwart!  And what about your current endeavor, Bleached Blonde Betty: multiple hats in life, multiple roles on stage?

RKG:As an actor, multiple role tracks have been my thing all along. I love the chance to use a panoply of techniques (make-up/disguise, vocal characterization, accents, etc.), and there's a particular thrill when, during curtain call, an audience suddenly realizes a tiny cast had created the host of characters they'd just seen. Playing five characters in Bleached Blonde Betty is a joy, not least because the entire cast, headed by Karen Stanion in the title role, is terrific, as are Tom Kelly and Dan Patrick Brash in their debuts as playwright and director.


CAB:What's the show like?

RKG:It's this twisted, madcap caper. It's, like, a dangerous romantic comedy in cartoon noir... a la Quentin Tarantino. When it's not darkly nasty, it's funny, and sometimes it's both. The whole cast is terrific; it moves like a freight train.

In addition to Richard Kent Green and Karen Stanion BLEACHED BLONDE BETTY features Joe Diomede, Kristen Lazzarini, John Lenartz, Stacy Ann Strang, Ryan Lee, Gregory Kostal with lighting design by Lauren Parrish, costume design by Lucy Goldberg, sound by DeLisa White. Stage Managed by Laura Hirschberg.It is open now and plays through March 24. For tickets and more information please see WorkShoptheater.org



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