OFF OFF BROADWAY
The Strawberry Theatre Festival, which takes place from August 3rd-18th at The Theater at St. Clements, has introduced a new play into its repetoire this year-- Stripped The Play, which has just come off its successful run off-off Broadway has been added to the line-up. The next performance during the festival is on August 12th at 10pm (Tickets are $22 and can be purchased here). The show, which was written by Geoffrey Cantor and Steve Stanulis, delves into the world of male strippers and there's more than just g-strings to this story. Catching up with Steve Stanulis, writer of the play, and former cop and dancer, we find out all about the show and the real world of stripping. Stanulis came up with the concept of the show because he wanted to create something that was appealing to a wider audience than just bachelorette parties. This show is for everyone, from male to female, gay or straight, and if you don't believe me, just find out more for yourself below!
The LIT Fund (League of Independent Theater), which launched August 1st, brings together over sixty independent theater companies in New York City to create a new funding source for off-off Broadway shows. The Fund will be used to establish an endowment for independent theater, create an Emergency Fund for independent theaters, companies, and artists, and provide unrestricted grants to participating companies and venues beginning August 1, 2013.
Broadway stalwart Norbert Leo Butz says, “I have done most of my work on Broadway. I have won two Tony awards and been in a total of 8 Broadway shows. So why do I support the LIT fund? ‘Cause I can't afford to go see plays unless I am in them, that's why. I think we are discovering that the economic model for commercial productions above 34th street (and several below) has become, at best, obsolete, and, at worst, unethical. Thank God for our little theatres!!! Who else is gonna provide the city with honest and undiluted theatrical voices? I have to work mostly uptown, but when I want to SEE theatre, I head Off-Off Broadway. Everyone knows that's where the real action is!”