World Theatre Day is March 27th
World Theatre Day (WTD) celebrations begin this week. The NYC WTD Coalition has been busy planning even more events than last year.
- Theatrical Performances: Shows throughout the city where the WTD messages will be read and/or distributed. Check out the listings. If you have a show running March 21 - 27, there is still time to participate, so sign up now.
- SPLAT Performances: Spontaneous, Public Large-scale Acts of Theatre
Performances. In other words... Flash Mobs. These events are super fun,
quick, easy and unique NYC experiences. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to participate.
- NYC World Theatre Day Celebration:
Party with friends and theatre artists from around the world, hear the
International Message read by a NY theatre luminary, and watch footage
from the NYC SPLAT Performances and from celebrations in other cities
from around the world. On 3/27, 4:00pm - 7:00pm at Dixon Place.
- Making the Political Personal: A brunch and panel discussion of notable New York artists will be hosted by hotINK and moderated by Kevin Bitterman, Associate Director of International Programs at TCG. While this event IS FREE, space is limited and an RSVP is required.
March 27, 2011 at 10:00am at the Lark Play Development Center - 311 West 43rd Street, 5th Floor
Elmar Maripuu, Canadian Playwright to be featured at HotINK festival of New Plays from Around the World
Barbara Lanciers, Program Officer at Trust for Mutual Understanding
Nilaja Sun, Actor/Playwright/Activist and Solo performer and writer of the Off-Broadway hit No Child
Melanie Josesph, Artistic Director, The Foundry Theatre
FIND OUT MORE
- The NYC World Theatre Day blog: NYC World Theatre Day Blog is hosting local, national and international guest bloggers discussing theatre and the international theatre community.
To get involved, email email@example.com or sign up on the NYCWTD website.
Check out details about the events at www.nycwtd.com.
Check out the blog at www.nycwtd.blogspot.com.
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HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
OOB Townhall Meeting TONIGHT (Monday, March 21, 2011)
ICSCS - The Institute for Culture in the Service of Community Sustainability - will be holding a townhall meeting to present an update on the Tax Abatement proposal and several other proposals including 1% for Culture.
The National Arts Club - 15 Gramercy Park South (20th Street) at 6:00
p.m. (meet and greet) / 6:30 p.m. (start time). Please RSVP if you are
going to attend this Event by sending an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com.
Tax Relief for Independent Theatre Companies
Over the last few years, the NYC Community Boards have been working tirelessly to help develop a tax relief proposal
that would benefit small-to-midsized performing arts companies. They
reached a significant milestone when the proposal garnered support from
all 12 of Manhattan's Community Boards. Elected officials have been
enthusiastic about the proposal, but asked some important questions that
need to be answered. We are reaching out to all OOB theatre companies
to encourage them to complete an online survey if they would qualify for
the tax abatement. Find out if your company would qualify.
The Soho Think Tank Finds a New Home
For those of us who have been following the intrepid struggles of the Soho Think Tank - losing their home
on Wooster Street, then finding camaraderie and a temporary space
at 3LD - will be happy to hear that they have a new home of their own. They will now be taking over the Wings Theatre in the Archive Building
. Read more in this New York Times article
10 quick to do's before you start pre-production
(KampFIRE's NYU class cliff notes)
- Get tickets on sale (theatermania, brownpapertickets)
- Make a great postcard
- Gather lists of friends/neighbors/collegues of all cast/crew ect.
- Join an e-mail service like Madmimi.com or constant contact
- Make a website via Weebly, google sites, or dreamweaver
- Get great professional photography (2-3 people, in costume, staged, 4x6, 300dpi)
- Make a Facebook page for your company and an event for your production
- Consider social media ads: ie: Facebook/Google low-cost high ROI
- Hire a publicist
- GO TO OTHER PEOPLE'S SHOWS
For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
Honorary Awards Applications
Now Available Online
Applications are due Monday, May 2, 2011 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 Stewardship Award,
presented to an individual or organization demonstrating a significant
contribution to the Off-Off-Broadway community through service, support
Complete your application today!
While there is not an application for the Artistic Achievement Award,
we encourage community members to email suggestions to the committee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our blog is so hot, it's like
Spring has sprung!
We wrapped up Arts Advocacy month as Norma Munn
gave us the lesson in Arts Advocacy 101 and Paul Nagle
introduced us to ICSCS.
MARCH IS DEDICATED TO INTERNATIONAL THEATRE
Already David Diamond told us all about Ellen Stewart's international impact and LaMaMa Umbria. Judith Malina told us the Human Happiness should be our cause and Kathleen Warnock explained how OOB helped her build relationships in Dublin.
International Theatre Month continues as Blessed Unrest shares their international touring experiences.
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by Shay Gines
Mark Finley (right) presents Doric Wilson (left) with the 2007 Artistic Achievement Award
1961 Doric Wilson accompanied his friend, actress Regina Oliver to a
place called the Caffe Cino, a small coffee shop on Cornelia Street in
Greenwich Village. Since 1958 a 10 x 10 foot stage at the Caffe had been
made available for musicians, poets and performers. Wilson had come to
humbly asked for time in the schedule to do a reading of his play And He
Made a Her. The amiable proprietor, Joe Cino smiled patiently and asked
Wilson what his birth sign was. When he replied, that he was a Pisces,
Wilson was presented with a cappuccino and a performance date. "This
became the standard operating procedure for having a play done at the
Cino," says Wilson. "You simply asked Joe for a date." And thus began
Wilson's tenure at the Caffe Cino.
He Made a Her opened at the Cino on March 18, 1961 and marked Wilson's
inaugural New York production. Fifty years later on March 16, 2011
friends and colleagues gathered at the Laurie Beechman theatre on 42nd
Street to celebrate Off-Off-Broadway 's original resident playwright.
The evening consisted of a variety of performers including singers,
cabaret performances, opera and several scenes and monologs from
Wilson's plays. In short it was an evening of Wilson's favorite things;
friends from his early years in the city, performers whose work he has
followed and actors who have become regulars in the TOSOS cannon. Wilson
said that he was honored by the performers who came to pay homage. "Not
only because they are all extremely talented performers, but because
they are all my friends - some of them almost forever. I am also proud
that the actors and some of the singers come from TOSOS, my theater
caliber of the performances was simply outstanding with each more
impressive than the last. Michael Lynch got the audience in a funky and
festive spirit with an original song "Havin' a Party;" opera singer
Zachary Stains performed "All the Things You Are;" KT Sullivan had the
audience in awe with 29 from 29, a fast-paced medley of 29 songs from
1929; playwright Chris Weikel gave a moving and humorist rendition of
John Wallowich's song "I Live Along Again;" and Joanne Beretta brought
down the house with her beautiful performances. In a way it was like
watching an old variety show. "If the evening seems to slip and slide on
the edge of rampant nostalgia," commented Wilson, "that's what happens
when you celebrate a person who just turned 72 years of age."
of the performers and audience members came to pay tribute to Wilson
and the longevity and profundity of his career. Over the years Wilson
has inspired thousands of artists. "I don't know if Doric set out to
inspire several generations of playwrights," notes fellow playwright
Robert Patrick, "but that has been his role. It is largely due to his
model that the custom of Off-Off Broadway became for plays to be
independent, audacious, individual, and uncompromising -- four words
that had rarely been applicable to plays before..Writers in many lands
who did not know Doric existed or that he originated this stance took it
as rote. His quiet revolution has been reverberatory."
work, which includes 12 full-length plays, reveals tremendous insight
and a tender sense of humor about the human condition. It is not
surprising that his plays about the origins of the gay rights movement
found its legs in OOB. Shared characteristics like the fact that both
sectors work outside mainstream American and have struggled for
legitimacy make OOB a perfect conduit for plays seeking to challenge the
status quo. They also both share a tenacious "Do It Yourself" attitude,
much like Wilson himself. It begs the question if Wilson and his
colleagues didn't imprint this personal characteristic on to the DNA of
the OOB community.
READ THE FULL STORY...
Check out the Doric Wilson Tribute Video.
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