Shout Out to
Jaimie Van Dyke
Monday, September 20th, Jaimie Van Dyke received the 2010 Outstanding
Stage Manager Award from the IT Awards. Blessed Unrest's Artistic
Director, Jessica Burr and Managing Director, Matt Opatrny presented the
award "in recognition of her uncanny
ability to think on the fly, her extraordinary organizing and
communication skills, and for doing it all with humor and love for her
Edson has worked closely with Jaimie Van Dyke and shares his personal
experiences of being on the road with this amazing stage manager.
By Dave Edson
Jaimie Van Dyke is fearless...or is she foolish? Perhaps both. Either way, I want her on my side.
art of stage managing is delicately balancing the right things at the
right times. And then if need be, switching gears at a moment's notice,
staying cool all the while. Prioritizing and executing while
multitasking is most definitely easier said than done and is certain to
unravel the average mortal.
Use Video to Promote Your Shows
true, the AEA showcase code prohibits you from recording rehearsals or
performances. (Be very careful to follow Equity's guidelines because you
do not want to run into trouble with the union.)
can still come up with clever content for your videos, like the Frog and
Peach Theatre Company did for their current production of Cymbeline. In this video they have Shakespeare "Terrorizing the Upper West Side" or create a video blog, like the NY Neo-Futurists did for (un)afraid.
Now you post the videos on YouTube, Facebook, Twitter...tag people in
the videos, share them with your friends...help them go viral and you
spread the word on your show without ever breaking AEA guidelines.
Read more here...
For more helpful marketing tips check out Kampfire Kounsel or the Kampfire Films PR website.
HAPPENINGS, EVENTS & ISSUES
details about these and other important activities affecting OOB and to
see how you can help and get involved, check out the Community Corner.
The D.I.Y. Dilemma
November 8 at 7pm - Free Admission
or "Do It Yourself" reflects not only a philosophy, but also the
practical reality for many independent artists today. The Performance
Project and The Incubator Arts Project team up to give independent
artists a forum to openly discuss important issues related to creating
original performance work in NYC. Join us for a conversation moderated
by Jennifer Conley Darling from the League of Independent Theater. Learn More.
Free Night of Theatre
It is Free Night of Theatre Month here in NYC.
"Free Night of Theater could not come at a better time," said Domenic
M. Recchia, Jr., chairman of the City Council's Finance Committee. "The
City Council is proud to help support this program to ensure New Yorkers
struggling to make ends meet can still enjoy a night out at the
October is National Arts and Humanities Month (NAHM)?
Held every October and coordinated by Americans for the Arts, NAHM
is the largest annual celebration of the arts and humanities in the
nation. Communities across the United States join together to recognize
the importance of arts and culture in our daily lives.
There are lots of NAHM events happening right here in the NYC area.
Hey, hey, good lookin', We've got something cookin' up for you. Cat
Parker asked "Who is OOB?", David Johnson told us that OOB doesn't need
a self help book and Mark Armstrong passes on the best advice that he
ever got about producing OOB.
Whatcha got cookin'?
We can't wait to see what our next bloggers have to say...
Upcoming Guest Bloggers
Tom Wojtunik 10/18 - 10/23
TBA 10/25 - 10/30
Cathy Bencivenga 11/1 - 11/6
Check out the insights from your fellow OOB artists, share your thoughts and participate in the conversation.
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by Christopher Borg
Michael Cyril Creighton & Andy Phelan in MilkMilkLemonade
Opening at the end of the month at the Astoria Performing Arts Center is the quirky, runaway hit from 2009: MilkMilkLemonade.
exciting move for the production which was produced last season by The
Management along with Horse Trade Theatre Group to critical and audience
acclaim. It's also good news for Off-Off-Broadway theatre fans as it
features a talented team of notable indie theatre artists.
show, by up-and-coming playwright Joshua Conkel, received 2010 IT Award
nominations for: Outstanding Actor in a Featured Role - Michael Cyril
Creighton; Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role - Nikole Beckwith;
Outstanding Actress in a Featured Role - Jess Barbagallo; Outstanding
Actress in a Featured Role - Jennifer Harder (who took home the award)
Jennifer Harder at the
2010 New York Innovative Theatre Awards
It also received Four Stars from Time Out New York and was voted Best Off-Off-Broadway Show 2009 by New York Press.
This production is being produced as part of the Astoria Performing Arts Center's 10th
Anniversary season; APAC received the 2010 IT Award for Outstanding
Production of a Musical and Outstanding Set Design (Michael P. Kramer)
for Children of Eden as well as a nomination for Choreography
(Christine O'Grady); under the direction of award-winning Indie Theatre
artist, José Zayas.
production features scenic design by Jason Simms, costumes by Sydney
Maresca, choreography is by Nicole Beerman, sound by David Margolin
Lawson and lighting by Bruce Steinberg who received the 2009 IT Award
for Outstanding Lighting Design for Blue Before Morning.
by the New York Press as "an angry, bitter and very funny play about
growing up gay in middle America," the play tells the story of Emory, an
effeminate 11 year old farm boy (Andy Phelan) who lives with his
chain-smoking, cancer-ridden grandmother (a gender-bending Michael Cyril
Creighton) and his only friend, a doomed chicken named Linda (Jennifer
Harder). Emory develops a relationship with the more-masculine
pyromaniac boy down the road and leads the audience through a comic
satire that explores issues of gender, sexuality, identity, life and
death. All in one act!
caught up with one of the cast, Michael Cyril Creighton and asked him
what he thought when he heard the show was being re-produced so soon: "I
was thrilled to find out the whole original cast would be reunited.
Doing the show was a very special experience. Conkel has written a very
funny, bizarre, touching and brutal play about what it's like to grow up
a gay in America. It seems like the right time to be doing it again."
Since the New York premier, productions of MilkMilkLemonade have been launched in L.A., Ft. Lauderdale, and Austin.
Performances of MilkMilkLemonade begin October 28th at the Astoria Performing Arts Center, at the Good Shepherd United Methodist Church and run through November 13th.
For tickets and more information, please visit www.apacny.org.
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