Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.
Theatrical Lawyer and Producers
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"Some nights our only audience [for THE FANTASTICKS] was the kids who lived next door…it was not popular after it opened."
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"The audience that visits you downtown, they’re so warm. If they like you, you’re made."
Founder of the Ontological-Hysteric Theater, Playwright, Director
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"We…were making non-theatre-oriented theatre, but more art-oriented theatre."
President of La MaMa E.T.C., Playwright
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"It was a theatre built on improvisation… every day was a new trial… it keeps you on your toes."
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"It was just the joy of doing it. At the time I didn’t really have much thought about a career. I was just doing it and seeing where it took me."
Negro Ensemble Company, Actor, Director
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"There were so many Off-Broadway places… I took whatever. My answer was ‘Yes.’"
Group Sales Specialist
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"Off-Broadway is a way for young writers and young actors to find their place. Off-Broadway is still exciting."
Composer, Lyricist, Book-Writer, Actress
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"It’s something you just do, you know. If you’re on a desert island and you have a piece of paper, it’s going to happen."
Interview #38READ MORE >>
"The world changed because those boundaries between Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Broadway had come down."
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"In most Off-Broadway venues there’s a place where the community can gather ahead of time and see itself as it walks into the theater, being ready to respond as a community."
Actor, Playwright, Director
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"People want to know who they are and why they’re here… theatre is a good place to ask [that question] because it gives you a place from which to work with others on this question. It gives you a chance to be honest in your existence."
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"I said, ‘Look, [the characters in YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN] just have to be real. They are comic strip characters, and they have to be real. They cannot be goofy … they have to be real actors playing real characters. That’s all.’"
Founder of Equity Library Theatre and Player’s Guide, Teacher at Circle in the Square
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"I wanted it! I thought that theater would work! I didn’t have a husband that would buy it for me."
Founder of The American Place Theatre
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"To hell with profit. We want to do what is significant."
Playwright, Actors, Authors
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"[On the future of Off-Broadway] They need another cultural revolution… we want people to know it’s possible."
Founder of the Gloucester Stage Company and New York Playwrights Lab, Playwright, Actor
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"I was 17 years old… I can remember thinking, ‘I wrote a play, I’m a playwright, I know who I am…’ From that day forward that’s simply been my identity."
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"When asked: ‘Which are you first, a woman or writer?’ I used to respond, ‘A writer.’ But since most of my plays are about female experience, now the answer is clearly, ‘A woman.’ "
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"Anybody who thinks that theatre is a profession is out of their mind. No profession has 80% unemployed and still calls itself a profession . . . it’s a calling and I realized it’s a noble calling, and fun too. -- I used to dream of a poor theatre . . . a theatre reduced of most of the things we think are necessary for the theatre . . . to, in some way, touch upon that ancient thing of gathering together for a story and I think there’s a hunger for it."
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"The audience for Off-Broadway is ready for anything and appreciates anything that’s a little off or edgy or different….they come to the theatre for that engagement."