It's Almost 2015...

December 29, 2014

Only three days left 'til the new year, so I think it's time to talk about what we have planned for 2015. For starters, I want to share what we're working on right now:

  1. We're building ways for you to customize the specific content you want to read on Indie Theater Now and nytheater now.
  2. We're expanding the kinds of content that our community of contributors brings to you on our sites -- more interviews, more profiles, and some new models for talking about and discovering great new indie theater.
  3. We're expanding and enhancing the way we present our curated list of new indie theater productions to our readers.
  4. We're expanding coverage of theater in the New Jersey suburbs.

We're also making one important New Year's resolution, which is to make the library of plays on Indie Theater Now look like America. That means we want to have more plays by women, by Latino/a playwrights, by people of color, and by other traditionally underrepresented groups on Indie Theater Now. We need the community to help us do this: today I am calling for colleagues and leaders in the indie theater community across the country to collaborate with us to quickly and effectively identify and target great unpublished/undiscovered voices from the groups mentioned and bring their work to ITN.

Financial support in any amount is needed, too. As the year draws to a close, please consider making a donation to NYTE to help us continue our mission to make it easier than ever for audiences around the world to discover excellent new indie theater. Your donation supports all of our programs: Indie Theater Now, nytheater now, the Plays and Playwrights Blog, and the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. Make a secure donation by credit card here, or you can send us a check:

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Much more is to come. Meanwhile, I wish everyone in our extended indie theater family a safe and peaceful and happy 2015!





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.