The primary Stages Off-Broadway Oral history Project

Celebrating the visionaries who created New York's vibrant Off- and Off-Off-Broadway theater.

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Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Charles Busch

Actor, Playwright, Librettist, Author

Interview #99

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"People say...it’s so marvelous that you didn’t give up. It didn’t occur to me… There’s always going to be a young person who has a dream and a lot of ambition and some talented friends. They’ll figure it out."


Mari-Claire Charba

Mari-Claire Charba

Mari-Claire Charba

Actress, Performance Artist, Painter

Interview #98

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"My motivation was not to perform, but to create. Theatre reflects the moment."


Rosalba Rolõn

Rosalba Rolõn

Rosalba Rolõn

Co-Founder Pregones Theater, Director, Actor

Interview #90

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"We exist in a multi-lingual environment so that any language is welcome…the sense of diversity is life practice…that is assumed…it is about all of us, our multicultural family."


Maria DiDia

Maria DiDia

Maria DiDia

General Manager, Producer

Interview #91

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"I'd always thought...I sorta wound up Off-Broadway not intentionally. As a Manager I thought it'd be Broadway, that I'd do more Broadway.  But because of the other things I spoke about, Broadway Cares and National Dance Institute, there was a distraction that was important to my soul."


Rita Gardner

Rita Gardner

Rita Gardner

Actress

Interview #97

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"You go into a small theater...and something awakens in you that…[deep intake of breath] ‘I didn’t know this [kind of theatre] existed’. If you can still say that, that’s important, and we need to keep that going."


William Ivey Long

William Ivey Long

William Ivey Long

Costume Designer

Interview #94

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"…what are our values and how do you express your values through the play, or how are the values of the play expressed through your design?...They become one and the same in this process."


Tony Walton

Tony Walton

Tony Walton

Production Designer, Costume Designer, Director, Producer

Interview #96

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"The hardest thing for a designer, the hardest thing for any of the theatrical creative collaborators, is to keep your dream alive from the dream to the eventual delivery onstage."


Larry Loonin

Larry Loonin

Larry Loonin

Director, Playwright, Actor

Interview #93

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"I don’t know what this is, but it’s fascinating and I wanna do it."


Roberta Maxwell

Roberta Maxwell

Roberta Maxwell

Actress

Interview #46

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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?"


Ralph B. Peña

Ralph B. Peña

Ralph B. Peña

Founding Member Ma-Yi Theatre Group, Director, Playwright, Actor

Interview #89

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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."