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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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."


Terry Schreiber

Terry Schreiber

Terry Schreiber

Director, Teacher, Founder of the T. Schreiber Studio

Interview #103

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"You’ve got to find the internal connections that you make to this role if you’re going to touch me sitting out there in the audience, and move me, and convince me that I’m watching a real person up there."


André Bishop

André Bishop

André Bishop

Producing Artistic Director, Lincoln Center Theater

Interview #102

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"People always say ‘What is producing? What is producing?’ I don’t know what that is. For me, it is the intelligent application of one’s own taste."


Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow

Lynne Meadow

Artistic Director, Manhattan Theatre Club

Interview #28

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"We’ve always needed to hear stories and we’ve always needed to be around live people telling us stories. We know how that sustains us."


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."