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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Gilbert Parker

Gilbert Parker

Gilbert Parker

Literary Agent

Interview #115

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"If a play was a success Off-Broadway, the rights to do it were as much as the Broadway plays...I fought that fight and won it."


Edgar Oliver

Edgar Oliver

Edgar Oliver

Performer, Playwright, Poet

Interview #117

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"Just keep trying to do things. I will, and that’s my message to anybody working and starting out in theatre, just keep on trying to do stuff."


John Lee Beatty

John Lee Beatty

John Lee Beatty

Set Designer

Interview #112

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"I never was terribly interested in money, which turned out to be, of course, doing what I do, a godsend…At Circle Rep, we built the set, and then you just saw after the set was built...how many seats you could fit in the space…I came to New York in a huge recession, but of course that meant that everything was accessible."


Susan Yankowitz

Susan Yankowitz

Susan Yankowitz

Playwright, Librettist, Novelist

Interview #111

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"The Open Theater…took theatre seriously…I had never seen that type of passion about theatre and its meaning."


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."