Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.
Co-Founder of Mabou Mines, Director
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"...There had to be something else: i.e. our own theatre…where we controlled everything, where we were artists, where we could do what we want, where we could have children."
Fight Director, Choreographer
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"I have a great hope that in the future, plays will cater to a bigger and younger audience that, at the moment, does not go to the theatre… If we do this then we might stand a chance of keeping Off-Broadway alive. My wish is that we do plays of ‘passion’ and not plays of ‘opinion.'"
Co- Founder of Theater for the New City, Actor
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"The most important thing is the cultural background… of New York… because you are here, you are one of them."
Co-Founder and Artistic Director of the Circle Repertory Company, Actress
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"I was learning at that time in my life how wonderful it is that everybody is so different."
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"I like doing things that have a fluidity to them… I’m a little too quirky for straight-ahead Broadway stuff."
Co-Founder of SITI Company, Director
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"Sometimes I think to this day that nothing’s changed; I’m still directing like I did when I was 15… I think there are certain plays that playwrights write that transcend human experience."
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"When you stick around a long time, you pick up a lot of things from a lot of different people, so every experience that I’ve had in the theatre has contributed to me in some ways as an artist, as a literary manager, as a teacher. Even little ones."
Co-Founder Repertorio Espanol, Director, Playwright
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"I was living in New York and everyone was asking me to become an American citizen and I wouldn’t think of it…because I didn’t want to lose my Cuban citizenship…Fidel suddenly made a speech saying he had always been a Marxist/Leninist…I became an American Citizen the following day."
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"Working with a company you get to create from scratch, it’s your theatre piece…’Get paid?’ – we chipped in for the rental of the space."
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"The theatre that's 'always dying' never does...all you have to do is show up and you can make something."
Founder of Pan Asian Repertory, Director, Actress
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"We were doing work I thought dispelled stereotypes for Asian American actors, and allowed us to do world classics unlimited by race or ethneticity."
Interview #74READ MORE >>
"And I took the 10-hour bus ride to New York. And all I had was one pair of dance pants, a unitard, maybe one leotard, a pair of boots, and that was it."
Theatre Artist, Choreographer, Video Installation Artist
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"I feel theatre today has to be more active, and that’s why movement is very much a part of my theatre."
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"It was all about discovering things. During the course you discover stuff about yourself as well."
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"I really feel you’re no better than the people you work with."
Founding Member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Actor
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"I’m always concerned about how much people don’t know… about the history of the theatre."
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"The life of the theatre is Off-Broadway."
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"Theatre is quite remarkable. Those of us who managed to survive it were quite fortunate."
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"’I Love Lucy’ was started in 1952…when I was in second grade. I suddenly announced… that I wanted to write a play, and what I wrote was very short… it was two pages and it was taking the characters of ‘I Love Lucy.’"