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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Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth

Daryl Roth

Producer

Interview #115

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"I love Off-Broadway for the experience that both the actors and the audiences share in an intimate space. Off-Broadway is where you have the freedom to champion new voices, support emerging creative talent, and explore a wide range of ideas and stories."


Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

Terrence McNally

Playwright, Librettist

Interview #113

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"Theater should be intimate, it’s not supposed to be in a barn…Theater is always a leap of faith...there’s no guarantee."


Linda and David Laundra

Linda and David Laundra

Linda and David Laundra

Co-Founders, The Writers Theatre

Interview #110

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"The mission of The Writers Theatre was to enrich the quality of language on the living stage, with a specific emphasis on adaptation…what we wanted to do was create a space and environment for writers to work...that exists now, but there weren’t many places then where you could do that."


Jennifer von Mayrhauser

Jennifer von Mayrhauser

Jennifer von Mayrhauser

Costume Designer

Interview #109

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"I didn’t go around going ‘I have to do Broadway! I have to do Off-Broadway! I just wanted to work in the theater."


Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick

Sheldon Harnick

Lyricist

Interview #104

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"I hope I get to the point in my life where I can do this…it’s so important just to constantly look at the show, analyze the show, see what’s right and what’s not right."


Baayork Lee

Baayork Lee

Baayork Lee

Actress, Dancer, Singer

Interview #95

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"If I were auditioning now I wouldn’t be working…it’s harder, you have to be able to sing, dance, tumble, play instruments...’Triple Threat.’ We invented that word, Chorus Line invented that phrase."


Steve Zuckerman (with Darlene Kaplan)

Steve Zuckerman (with Darlene Kaplan)

Steve Zuckerman (with Darlene Kaplan)

Steve Zuckerman - Director, Darlene Kaplan - Producer, Talent Manager

Interview #106

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"There is a buzz in New York City…everywhere you go people are talking about theater."


George Morfogen

George Morfogen

George Morfogen

Actor

Interview #105

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"For me, Off-Broadway was a lifeline."


Deborah (Lee) Lawlor

Deborah (Lee) Lawlor

Deborah (Lee) Lawlor

Performance Artist, Actor, Dancer, Producer

Interview #100

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"“It was the first time that things kind of slid out of category, you didn’t call something a dance or a play, because things started getting combined."


Fred Papert

Fred Papert

Fred Papert

Advertising Executive, Preservationist, Founder of the 42nd Street Development Corporation

Interview #52

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"I was walking down the street, this garbage street…[Robert Moss] runs out of the office of [this building]...and says... ‘What are guys like you wearing a shirt and tie doing on a street like this?’ and I said ‘Well, we’re a group of people, we’d like to change all this."