Martin's 2014 Resolutions, Part Deux: Growing Awareness for Indie Theater

March 3, 2014

February's finished; it's time for me to check in again with a progress report about how I'm doing with my 2014 New Year's Resolutions.

Specifically, I resolved this: every month in 2014, we'll introduce at least one idea on Indie Theater Now or nytheater now to grow our sector and its constituents.

Last month, we launched two initiatives that aim to do just that:

  1. The Farm Report is the newest section on nytheater now -- it's an online journal documenting a playwright's creative process. The playwright in question is Lindsay Joy, who has been commissioned by The Farm Theatre to create a new play this year in collaboration with students from three colleges. Things are just beginning to heat up for Lindsay and this project. I hope you'll check out the Farm Report and contribute to the conversation about how plays get made.
  2. Indie Theater Perspectives is the name of a new feature on nytheater now where we'll be looking in depth at social issues of interest to our community, and exploring how they're being treated by contemporary indie playwrights. We kicked off Perspectives with Michael Mraz's essay about the hot button topic of child abuse, and how ten different ITN playwrights consider aspects of the subject in their work. I'm really proud of Michael's article and hope folks will read and comment, and suggest new topics for future pieces.
Please stay in touch with me--I am eager to hear what you think about the new additions to ITN as well as how you think things are going in general. I'm excited about what we have coming up in March!





Loco7's "Undefined Fraction" at La MaMa
I got to pay a visit to one of my all-time favorite indie theaters, La MaMa E.T.C., for a performance of Undefined Fraction, which is part of the company's 2015 Puppet Series. This blend of edgy puppetry, physical theater, and dance is an exemplar of the kind of meditative hybrid installation/happening/drama that has been a mainstay of this East Village institution for decades.
Trav S.D.'s Great Vaudeville History
A look back at Trav S.D.'s book on vaudeville, published 10 years ago this month.
United Solo 2014: Done; United Solo 2015: Starting Now!
ITN's United Solo 2014 play collection is now complete; and our first 2015 play--LOUISE IN CHARLESTOWN by Penny Jackson--is available as well.