Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.
Director of Plays and Musicals Development at the New York Shakespeare Festival/The Public Theater
Interview #55READ MORE >>
"This [was] a three-story building and Joe [Papp] was projecting five theaters to be created inside, all to do new American plays. Nobody else was thinking on this kind of scale."
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"“I was a very serious actress…for me it was a very huge and profound passion.”"
Playwright, Caffe Cino
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"When artists stopped having to pay rent in theaters is when Off-Off-Broadway happened. Places that made their living by other means: coffee houses, bars, churches, book stores."
Founding Member Ma-Yi Theatre Group, Director, Playwright, Actor
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"The key thing here is, I got to connect this idea of theatre as a social instrument, of engaging people in conversation and getting them to mobilize, getting them to act…we were out to shatter this audience-spectator relationship. It was never a passive thing…and we did it with no money."
Actor, Director, Playwright
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"The flexibility of Off-Broadway has just been true from the moment I first became involved with it."
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"We’re going to have to have support for the arts by the government again. I think if that happened we might have those companies again."
General Manager, Producer, Actor, Press Agent, Book Editor
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"My favorite time of my life (sic) were all of my Off-Broadway years…whether we had a hit or a flop, the process was exhilarating and full of surprises."
Actor, Producer, Director, Ridiculous Theatrical Company
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"The rules of drama….if you play action, you have a million choices."
Founder of The Fortune Society, Press Agent
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"I suddenly realized how easy it was to get into that world…all you had to do was do your work, laugh at the right time, and that the theatre was very democratic."
Foundation Director, Author
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"I thought, well, if I’m going to do this thing, I’m going to really do it. Maybe it’s better if I don’t know anything about setting up a foundation. We can just do our own [thing]. And that’s how it all started. I just kept going to shows."
Founder of The Performance Group, Author, Director, Playwright, Professor
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"I feel that theatre, rather than wresting permanence from the remorseless rush of time, surfs across life to discover how the waves of time, space, and individual and social lives continuously reshape experiences and knowledge."
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"You don’t have to be on Broadway. You can do these shows much more inexpensively and make as much, and even more, Off-Broadway. -- You’re the camera in the theatre. You’re not the camera in the movie or television, the director is telling you what you are watching. But you watch what you want in the theatre."
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"It was very different in the 50’s. There was a lot of new live television. Lots of plays, Broadway plays, lots."
Ridiculous Theatrical Company, Actress
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"[Charles Ludlam] came to watch me make up, and I had a black eye, it was self-induced … I was trying to erase the black eye and he said, ‘No! Put black on it, make it darker … I think we’re gonna call you Black-Eyed Susan’."
Casting Director and Artistic Producer of NYSF/The Public
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"You have to have a cast that looks like New York."