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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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."


Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado

Eduardo Machado

Playwright, Actor, Artistic Director INTAR

Interview #86

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"I hear people’s voices…they’re engraved in my brain."


Virginia Louloudes

Virginia Louloudes

Virginia Louloudes

Executive Director of The Alliance of Resident Theaters/New York (A.R.T./New York)

Interview #88

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"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."


Rene Buch

Rene Buch

Rene Buch

Co-Founder Repertorio Espanol, Director, Playwright

Interview #87

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"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."


Charles Weldon

Charles Weldon

Charles Weldon

Artistic Director of the Negro Ensemble Company, Actor, Director

Interview #84

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"I call myself ‘the accidental actor.’ I never had any idea I’d be doing this. I really didn’t."


Larry Pine

Larry Pine

Larry Pine

Actor

Interview #42

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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."


Steve Olsen

Steve Olsen

Steve Olsen

Founder of the Laurie Beechman Theatre at the West Bank Cafe, Restaurateur

Interview #32

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"So many people came out of downstairs; I’m a lucky guy."


Brian Murray

Brian Murray

Brian Murray

Actor, Director

Interview #24

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"The future of the American theatre is Off-Broadway."


Ralph Lee

Ralph Lee

Ralph Lee

Actor, Designer, Puppeteer

Interview #79

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"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."