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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Jean-Claude van Itallie

Jean-Claude van Itallie

Jean-Claude van Itallie

Playwright, Actor

Interview #37

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"However crazy and however ego-full we may all have been--and we were--we dropped it when we were in the room working on what we were working on."


Robert Walter

Robert Walter

Robert Walter

Stage Manager

Interview #82

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"I was the first naked stage manager on Broadway."


Douglas Turner Ward

Douglas Turner Ward

Douglas Turner Ward

Founder and Artistic Director of the Negro Ensemble Company, Playwright, Director, Actor

Interview #44

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"The problem is...to run a theater... who is going to take responsibility for the FAILURES?"


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."


Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Elizabeth Wilson

Actress

Interview #1

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"Off-Broadway was a gift… to the actor, a gift to the writer… because there wasn’t the same kind of pressure… it was so relaxed and they did much braver pieces."


Moni Yakim and Mina Yakin

Moni Yakim and Mina Yakin

Moni Yakim and Mina Yakin

Mimes, Actors, Directors, Playwrights

Interview #67

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"That’s all I want to do in my life is to become a mime."


Paul Zimet

Paul Zimet

Paul Zimet

Founder of The Talking Band, Actor, Director, Playwright

Interview #53

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"I think it's probably the only time in my life...I knew that this is some historical moment...that something new was happening here. So we felt very privileged and excited...to be a part of that."


Jerry Zaks

Jerry Zaks

Jerry Zaks

Director, Actor

Interview #68

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"I love hearing an audience laugh, I love it! Because I always believed that the sound of an audience laughing is the sound of an audience falling in love."