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To Off-Broadway or not...
« on: Aug 10, 2015, 09:55 am »
Hi folks,

I've been developing a pet peeve lately, but I wanted to check in here to see if I'm the only one.

What determines if a production is an Off-Broadway production? Is it the theatre or is it the contract?

I've done a few Showcase Codes at theatres that are Off-Broadway locations (59E59, The Duke, etc.). Do those shows actually count as Off-Broadway credits on my resume? I feel like it's false advertising.

What do you all think?
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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #1 on: Aug 10, 2015, 10:03 am »
It depends on why you ask . . .

there are off-broadway theaters.

but, for resumes and so-forth, I would go with the contract
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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #2 on: Aug 10, 2015, 10:29 am »
Thanks, Matthew.

To clarify, I am looking for what you can claim as Off-Broadway on your resume. To me, the contract is what counts. If I did a NYMF show or a Fringe show at a theatre which commonly houses Off-Broadway contracts, that doesn't mean my show instantly gets Off-Broadway status.

The impetus for my post is that I've had several job offers lately for Showcase Code productions at Off-Broadway venues where the offer email has said "it's low budget, but it's a solid Off-Broadway credit for your resume."
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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #3 on: Aug 10, 2015, 11:30 am »
It sounds to me the producers think they can trade a credit (however dubious) for a salary.
I go with Matthew on this one - it's the contract.
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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #4 on: Aug 10, 2015, 01:09 pm »
I agree with both Matthew and Vernon. If the Producers want to aggrandize themselves by convincing themselves they are producing an Off-Broadway show, let them. But don't let yourself get caught up in their fairy tales.
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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #5 on: Aug 10, 2015, 05:40 pm »
The impetus for my post is that I've had several job offers lately for Showcase Code productions at Off-Broadway venues where the offer email has said "it's low budget, but it's a solid Off-Broadway credit for your resume."

I've had this happen a lot too, and I agree that it's disingenuous.

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Re: To Off-Broadway or not...
« Reply #6 on: Aug 11, 2015, 10:52 am »
Thanks, everyone. I've never been caught up in the fairy tale - I've always felt it was disingenuous. I'm glad that I haven't been vehemently believing something that was misled.

Thanks for confirming for me!
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