Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.
Founder of the Chelsea Theater Center, Director
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"As a director, my job is to empower colleagues and to be stretched by them in creative collaboration."
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"I fell into theatre because I was handy, I was there."
Founder of the New Federal Theatre
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"The Off-Broadway theatre was confined. It really began to focus on what American theatre needed, and that was the play."
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"Every play is different and the experience and how I do it is different…You have to be willing to just be lost."
Founder and Operator of the John Houseman and Douglas Fairbanks Theaters and the George Street Playhouse, Producer
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"Do what you love in any way you can and assume that it’s going to last a couple of years and go away."
Actor, Designer, Puppeteer
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"I had never seen these things I’d made outdoors. And I found that they took on a kind of life outdoors that had so much more vitality in it… There’s something about a natural setting and this bizarre, man-made artifact in that setting that sets up some kind of an energy that’s really exciting."
Producer, Managing Director
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"One of the great things about the theatre in New York, and the people who have this quest to be in theatre, is nothing will stop it from happening. It has to happen. And when Off-Broadway became more expensive - that's how Off-Off-Broadway started."
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"If you can't act, you can't sing."
Executive Director of The Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York)
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"And the work they do in the schools – nobody knows the real story – how many Off-Broadway theatres are working in the schools. It is the best kept secret."
Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director INTAR
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"I hear people’s voices…they’re engraved in my brain."
Co-Founder of The Performance Group, Actress, Director
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"I want theatre to be as necessary as television and iPhones."
Co-Founder of The Living Theatre, Actress, Director
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"Sometimes it's almost hard to tell a performance from a protest, you know? Sometimes they overlap a little bit."
Actor, Director, Playwright
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"The Open Theater…was extremely of the moment. Politically of the moment. Spiritually of the moment. I mean, it was perfect for its time. It was of its time."
Founder of the No Smoking Playhouse, Actor, Playwright
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"Off-Off-Broadway was so welcoming and so open to anything…I think 2 or 3 of the greatest performances I’ve ever seen anywhere were Off-Off-Broadway."
Founder and Artistic Director of Circle Repertory Company
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"Directing is a pragmatic art… under the circumstances what can I do?"
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"What’s going to happen to New York without this kind of theater; where artists will have stories to tell but no space to tell them in?"
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"Some people just don’t have any judgment about commercial material. They have judgment about classy material. The moment they decide they’re going to do something really commercial…it ain’t gonna work!"
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"You want to be in control of your own destiny. That was the fun part of Off-Off-Broadway . . . we were just in control of it all."
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"I do think the theatre is the ultimate human art form...and the more airs, and variations, and subtleties, and stuff we can throw into that, the smarter and better we'll be."
Founder and Artistic Director of Playwrights Horizons
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"You have to remake the world. You have to create the theatre in your image."
Co-Founder of Black Women in Theater, Inc., Actress, Director
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"Off-Broadway for me, it just opened my soul."
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"The future of the American theatre is Off-Broadway."
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"The whole point of non-commercial theatre is to offer an experience that the commercial theatre couldn’t or wouldn’t. -- I believe that criticism at its best becomes a minor art form, a specialization of the personal essay; so that a critic is both a theatre citizen … and an artist himself."
Producer, General Manager, Operating Officer of ATPAM, K/O Management, Inc., K/O Advertising, Inc.
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"You have to want to be in the theatre under any circumstances."
Founder of the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, Restaurateur
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"So many people came out of downstairs; I’m a lucky guy."