Person of the Decade #8

January 30, 2015

It's time to announce the 8th Person of the Decade in the Indie Theater Hall of Fame. Like several of the other honorees, this one is not a person but actually a company--one whose birth and growth corresponds directly to this very decade we're talking about. Join me in congratulating The Brick Theater for acheiving this great recognition!

The Brick makes its home on Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg in a building whose diminutive size belies the enormous impact that its resident company has had on our community. The Brick brought NYC indie theater to the boroughs, and in particular made Brooklyn a go-to destination for those in search of inventive, challenging, adventurous, and rewarding theater. Their annual series of themed summer festivals almost immediately became a landmark event for our tribe; the roster of artists who have made work here reads like a veritable who's who of indie theater: everyone from Young Jean Lee and Inverse Theater to Thomas Bradshaw and Trav S.D.

The Brick's founders, Michael Gardner and Robert Honeywell, are at the center of an ever-expanding cadre of remarkable artists who call this company home. Current staff includes Director of Operations Timothy McCown Reynolds; Associate Artistic Directors Gyda Arber, Adam R. Burnett, Mariah MacCarthy, and Roger Nasser; Technical Directors Ian W. Hill and Berit Johnson; Literary Manager Maryanne Olson; and Finance Director Alex James.

Evidence (if it is needed!) of the Brick's continued vitality can be found in their upcoming spring reisdency season. Go here to learn all about it. Through tomorrow, Fred Backus's provocative new play Bonedive Scrounger is in performance. It's followed next month by Matt Freeman's The Listeners and Nat Cassidy's The Temple. All three of these are featured in Indie Theater Now's newest feature, Indie Theater Conversations. Check out what the artists have to say about these works!

[Note: When NYTE launched the Hall of Fame last month, we asked all of the inductees to vote for those members who, in their view, had made the most significant and outstanding contributions to the NYC indie theater scene during the past ten years. We think that this is a particularly meaningful recognition because it is bestowed upon these individuals and companies by their peers. We're announcing the 10 honorees weekly, one each Friday from now until February 13th. Announced so far: John Clancy and Nancy Walsh, Flux Theatre Ensemble, Vampire Cowboys, Kristin Marting, Mac Rogers, Elena K. Holy, and Daniel Talbott.]





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.