Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.
Interview #46READ MORE >>
"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?"
Founding Member Ma-Yi Theatre Group, Director, Playwright, Actor
Interview #89READ MORE >>
"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."
Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director INTAR
Interview #86READ MORE >>
"I hear people’s voices…they’re engraved in my brain."
Executive Director of The Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York)
Interview #88READ MORE >>
"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."
Co-Founder Repertorio Espanol, Director, Playwright
Interview #87READ MORE >>
"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."
Artistic Director of the Negro Ensemble Company, Actor, Director
Interview #84READ MORE >>
"I call myself ‘the accidental actor.’ I never had any idea I’d be doing this. I really didn’t."
Interview #42READ MORE >>
"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."
Founder of the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, Restaurateur
Interview #32READ MORE >>
"So many people came out of downstairs; I’m a lucky guy."
Interview #24READ MORE >>
"The future of the American theatre is Off-Broadway."
Actor, Designer, Puppeteer
Interview #79READ MORE >>
"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."