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MARCH 2010                          News from Off-Off-Broadway                                 Issue 56
Doug Strassler, Editor 

2010 Honorary Awards 

The New York Innovative Theatre Foundation, is pleased to announce that Ben Hodges (editor Theater World) and Abby Marcus (managing director Vampire Cowboys) have been named the new Co-Chairs of the Honorary Award Committee.

We would also like to welcome 2 new members to the committee; Performance Artists Desiree Burch and Publicist Katie Rosin.

Please join us in congratulating Ben, Abby, Desiree & Katie.

Do you know someone
who deserves to be recognized?

Applications are available online
and are due by 6pm on May 1, 2010

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 Stewardship Award, presented to an individual or organization demonstrating a significant contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support and leadership;

* 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.

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A Woman's Work
 
In honor of Women's History Month, Bekah Brunstetter reflects on being a woman in the theatre.

Who is more awkward, more vulnerable? Girls, or Boys? Personally, I think we are equal in this department, and that it's just part of being alive, but I do believe that guys are better at pretending to be neither. Us ladies, on the other hand, I think we tend to wear our hearts moreso on our sleeves. Thankfully, we like to talk to each other. Incessantly. We form friendships, and we tell each other everything, the horrible, embarrassing details of our lives. Why do we do this?

Read the full Story...
World Theatre Day 

What are you doing for World Theatre Day?

Saturday, March 27, 2010 is World Theatre Day (WTD) and New York City is celebrating it with flare.
 
There are lots of exciting events being planned including this year's international message by Dame Judi Dench.

Here are 3 ways you can participate:

*READ/DISTRIBUTE THE INTERNATIONAL MESSAGE*
If you have a performance on 3/27, sign up on the website, list your production and either read or include the international message in your programs.

*PARTICIPATE IN A FLASH MOB*
Create a public spectacle! Be a part of a flash mob and create a fun and engaging performance art piece. Email us at info@nycwtc.com.

*COME TO THE PARTY*
World Theatre Day Networking Event & Party @ The Houndstooth Pub located at the corner of 37th & 8th Avenue from 5pm to 8pm. Everyone's invited.

Email us at nycwtd@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @nycwtd

For more details check out www.nycwtd.com!

Community Corner

HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES
AFFECTING OFF-OFF-BROADWAY


Ohio Theatre on Borrowed Time
In September, the Ohio Theatre will close its doors. Isaac Byrne reflects on what it means to lose the Ohio Theatre, an Off-Off-institution. Read more about it.

Tax Abatement Proposals
9 out of 12 Manhattan Community Boards have voted to support the Tax Abatement proposal. The last 3 will vote in the coming weeks. Community Boards hold forums where the public is allowed to express opinions on the proposals. Because public opinion carries substantial weight, your voice could help determine the fate of this movement. Read more about it.

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.

Get Ready for Caberation

Save the date! On Monday, May 17
, we'll be hosting the first ever Innovative Theatre Awards Benefit at Caroline's Comedy Club.

 
Date of Event: Monday May 17, 2010
Where: Carolines on Broadway
Time: 6PM -9PM
Ticket Price: $45
 
This just in: Comedian Judy Gold (25 Questions for a Jewish Mother) will be hosting.

More details coming soon.
Our blog is HOT HOT HOT

We are in awe of our guest bloggers! Who was Doric WIlson's most influential mentor? What would Desiree Burch wax if she wasn't a performance artist? Mac Rogers stands up for Science Fiction. Soomi Kim asks "Where are the Asians?"

Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Roman Feeser      March 15 - 20
Brad Burgess        March 22 - 27
Gyda Arber           March 29 - April 3
Jeff Riebe             April 5 - 10
ML Kinney             April 12 - 17


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

  BlogSpotWhen you're not producing, registering, performing in, or
  judging shows, please stop by the IT Awards Blog!

You can keep up with us on Blogspot, Twitter, Facebook & MySpace.




 SPOTLIGHT ON

Dave Malloy



by Christopher Borg

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Dave Malloy


Writer/performer/composer/sound designer, Dave Malloy, was nominated last year for Outstanding Original Music for his electrifying score in Beowulf - A Thousand Years Of Baggage, the inventive and raucous rock-musical produced by Shotgun Players in association with Banana Bag & Bodice.

Dave was also the winner of a 2009 Jonathan Larson Grant and a recipient of the 2009-11 NEA/TCG Career Development Program for Theatre Designers!

You can experience his work right now through the end of the week in Three Pianos, as part of the Ontological Theatre's Incubator Series.

Written and Performed by Malloy along with Rick Burkhardt and Alec Duffy, Three Pianos, directed by Rachel Chavkin is described as a deconstruction of Franz Schubert's Winterreise song cycle:

 According to David, the show features the three performers, each at their own piano, as they "lead the audience through their respective passions for Schubert's famous song cycle on winter heartbreak, performing the songs, grappling with fundamental questions about the nature of music."

"Compositional mayhem, shifting rivalries, and some unfortunate butchery of the German language ensue."

In the quick moment I caught David between gigs I managed to glean that he is already scheduling future shows at LaMama ETC, Clubbed Thumb and Berkeley Rep among others.

Three Pianos is playing through March 20th at the Ontological Theatre at St. Mark's Church.  Go to TheaterMania.com for more information.

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La MaMa Experimental Theatre's production of Caligula MaximusFAITH IN GOD Producers' production of Return to Mellow Falls, Raw Theater Group's production of 4.48 Psychosis and Blessed Unrest's production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.
 
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