Announcing FringeNYC 2013 Collection on Indie Theater Now

August 26, 2013

The festival is over and Indie Theater Now has selected 24 productions to include in our FRINGENYC 2013 COLLECTION. And last night the winners of the 2013 FringeNYC Overall Excellence Awards were announced by festival Producing Artistic Director Elena K. Holy. Congratulations to all the winners and especially to those who will appear in our collection:

  • Jake Shore for Down the Mountain and Across the Stream and Lynda Crawford for Strange Rain (playwriting)
  • Talk To Me About Shame (solo performance)
  • What Every Girl Should Know (ensemble)
  • Melissa Rosenberger for Carroll Gardens Aborning (performance)

Pre-Order the collection before September 5 and pay only $14.59 (that’s almost a 25% saving).  We’ll be releasing the collection beginning late September.


Announcing The Leslie Scalapino Award

March 18, 2013

This item from Fiona Templeton

In memory of Leslie Scalapino, her extraordinary body of work, and her commitment to the community of experimental writing and performance.

The Leslie Scalapino Award recognizes the importance of exploratory approaches and an innovative spirit in writing for performance.  It wishes to encourage women writers who are taking risks with the playwriting form by offering the opportunity to gain wider exposure through readings and productions. The award will also seek to increase public awareness for this vibrant contemporary field.

We are looking for a full-length work for live performance by a woman writer with an inquiring approach to language and content.  The Award for Innovative Women Playwrights intends to support new writing by female-identified people, inclusive of transwomen.  The prize is open to international submissions in English.

The Prize: The winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize, print publication of winning play by Litmus Press, and a staged reading of the piece this October at the The New Ohio Theatre in New York, by Fiona Templeton’s company The Relationship. In subsequent years, the prize will also include the opportunity for a full production by The Relationship or another theatre company.

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Deadline: May 30, 2013

IMPORTANT: For full submission guidelines, including timeline and instructions for online submission of materials (via Submittable), please visit The Relationship’s Award page page.

The Leslie Scalapino Award for Innovative Women Playwrights is funded in part by the Leslie Scalapino-O Books Fund and is administered by The Relationship. Publication of award-winning works will be in collaboration with Litmus Press. For more information about Leslie Scalapino, please visit her website: www.lesliescalapino.com.


Tony Asaro & David Johnston & American Lyric Theatre

August 24, 2011

I must confess I knew little about American Lyric Theatre until a few days ago when I learned that two of our playwrights were reporting in about that development program.  Here first from Tony Asaro co-author of Our Country:

I couldn’t be happier about my most recent writing news:  I HAVE A COMMISSION!  

A commission is an original piece of artwork completed by an artist at the request of and paid for by a client. 

As you know, last year, I participated as a librettist in American Lyric Theatre‘s Composer/Librettist Development Program.  The program trains people to write contemporary opera.  I spent the year learning how to write opera.  Only 8 writers were accepted to the program.  This was a big departure for me–opera is very different from musical theatre.  But with the patience of the faculty and of my composer collaborators, it eventually started to click!

Both of my collaborations went well, but one in particular stood out: All Wounds Bleed written with composer Christopher Cerrone, a wunderkind who in his mid-20s has already had major commissions and works performed at Carnegie Hall.

Because of our success with All Wounds Bleed, Chris and I have been asked back to the CLDP as return resident artists.  ALT wants us to write a full-length opera!  Once the story we choose is approved, ALT will finance the development of the piece which includes further advising with the ALT faculty, underlying rights optioning, developmental readings, and even money for the writers!!!

And from David Johnston who penned The Eumenides – a retelling of the Oresteia:

I’ve been chosen as one of the eight new resident artists for the American Lyric Theater’s Composer Librettist Development Program. This will start in September and go until next June, with presentations at some cool places (like Symphony Space) and workshops with some amazing opera and theater people.

Congrats to both and I know we’ll be hearing more as the year progresses.


Free Screening of Josh Fox’s Gasland

April 30, 2011

Josh Fox’s The Expense of Spirit is published in Plays and Playwrights 2006Since that early work he has continued to produce much exciting work on the stage.  Now he has branched out to film.

I rarely talk about film on this blog but we are quite proud of the attention that Josh has been getting.  His documentary film, Gasland, was nominated for an Oscar and this invite just arrived:

Join State Senator Liz Krueger, Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh, Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Baruch Grassroots undergraduate student organization

For a free screening of the Oscar nominated film, Gasland followed by a Q & A with filmmaker Josh Fox Thursday, May 5, 2011 at 7pm, Mason Hall, 17 Lexington Avenue (at 23rd Street). To RSVP please call 212.490.9535 or email: RSVP@manhattanbp.org


Josh Fox Up for an Oscar

February 13, 2011

It seems I have to stay glued to the tv come Oscar night – at least when they give the best featured documentary award.  Josh Fox – his play, The Expense of Spirit is published in Plays and Playwrights 2006 – has spent a great deal of time and effort with his collaborator Trish Adlesic to produce Gasland. It made the rounds of the theatres a couple of months ago.  It’s no surprise to us that it’s now gotten some well deserved notice. It’s nominated for Best Documentary Feature.

All of us at NYTE Small Press are so very proud of Josh and has co-workers.  We will be watching and rooting for him.


We Are Noted in 50 Best Blogs for Theatre Lovers

October 6, 2010

I find blogging such a very solitary sport.  I write a post and put it out there and rarely, if ever, know if anyone ever has seen it.  But I guess more folks read this than I thought.

I just heard that this blog is included as one of the 50 best blogs for theatre lovers by the accredited online colleges website.  We’re number 12 right after the theatre company blogs.  Keep scrolling down and you will find the blogs of many of the playwrights we’ve published plus many who we have often reviewed.

Check out the list here.


Samuel French Short Play Festival

July 20, 2010

Six plays have been chosen as the winning scripts from the 35th Annual Samuel French, Inc. Off-Off Broadway Short Play Festival The
scripts will be published as a collection and licensed by Samuel
French, Inc., available for sale later this fall/winter.  We are thrilled to find that two of the winners are playwrights whose earlier work is published by NYTE Small Press.

 WHITE EMBERS by Saviana Stanescu (’06) – East confronts West in this thriller about international adoptions and how they can impact a
child’s life.

DANCE LESSONS by Josh Koenigsberg (’10) — diner employees Sue and Norm get ready for another dreary day of dreary work in a dreary world — until Norm reveals that he’s secretly been taking dance lessons.

Watch for this new publication and congrats to all the winners.


Congratulations to our alumni nominated for NYIT awards

July 20, 2010

For the 7th year, the NYIT awards will be presented to honor members of the indie theater community.  Congratulations to all the nominees.  Here’s an extra hurrah for NYTE Small Press alumni playwrights whose work is being recognized.

  • Kirk Wood Bromley (Playing With Canons, Plays and Playwrights for the New Millennium – the ebook) — his play Remission is nominated for Outstanding Performance Art Production and Dan Berkey for Best Solo Performer
  • Joshua Conkel (’10) — his play MilkMilkLemonade garnered nominations for Michael Cyril Creighton (best actor in a featured role),  Jess Barbagallo, Jennifer Harder,  and   Nikole Beckwith (best actress in a featured role)
  • James Comtois (’07) for outstanding full length original script  Infectious Opportunity; ditto to Ashlin Halfnight (’07) for Balaton; ditto again to Crystal Skillman (’08) for The Vigil or the Guided Cradle.

Winners will be announced September 20.  Great job done by all the nominees.


Obies Awarded to Playwrights We Published

May 18, 2010

The Obies were given out last night and I am delighted to say several of our playwrights were recognized.  So very exciting for all and congratulations to all.

Informally structured, with no strict categories, The Village Voice OBIE Awards honor excellence in off-/off-off-Broadway theater. Unlike most other entertainment awards, The Village Voice OBIE Awards publish no nominations. In the conviction that creativity is not competitive, the judges may give multiple OBIEs in any category, or even invent new categories, to reward exceptional artistic merit.

Taylor Mac received a Special Citation for his extraordinary work, The Lily’s Revenge.  NYTE Small Press published Taylor’s earlier play, Red Tide Blooming in Plays and Playwrights 2007.  A well deserved award.

Two of our playwrights joined forces to be part of Three Pianos, also awarded a Special Citation. Rick Burkhardt and Alec Duffy and Dave Malloy were noted for this most interesting work produced at the Ontological.  You will get a chance to see the piece at the New York Theatre Workshop next year.  Rick’s unique, original one act, Conversation Storm, is published in Plays and Playwrights 2009.  Alec’s The Top Ten People of the Millennium Sing Their Favorite Schubert Leider is a delightful piece which was published in Plays and Playwrights 2006.

An Obie Grant was awarded to Vampire Cowboys.  This is the talented company who bring us so many fight spectaculars.  It’s run by Qui Nguyen & Robert Ross Parker. One of their earlier pieces, Vampire Cowboy Trilogy,  is published in Plays and Playwrights 2005.

NYTE Small Press is so very proud of our playwrights’ achievements and the fact that they have been noted with these awards. Read their plays, see the newer work they produce.  I am sure you will enjoy.


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