I'm reaching out to you today because I have news to share about the work we did on nytheatre.com and other websites, from 1997 through the present day: We have just commenced a major project to archive all of the reviews and other nytheatre.com content and put it online.
Our mission: To make 20 years of reviews, podcasts, and interviews from nytheatre.com, nytheater now, and nytheatrecast completely available and accessible online to all.
We're talking more than 10,000 reviews (including reviews of every show in every FringeNYC festival from 2002-2014); more than 500 podcasts with indie theater artists; and hundreds of interviews with/profiles of playwrights, actors, directors, producers, and designers.
This material has been largely inaccessible since it was first published--and much of it has been completely unavailable for a decade or more. But it's vital material that charts the history of NYC indie theater.
I am asking you for your support. I feel a little guilty to not be in touch for a long time and then, when I finally get back in touch, to ask for money. But I hope you'll agree that the work we're going to do to preserve 20 years of seminal, innovative American theater is valuable and important.
Any donation -- $10 or $25 or $40; whatever you can afford -- will be meaningful. (And because NYTE is a 501(c)(3) corporation, donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.)
Even if you're unable to make a monetary contribution at this time, your support for the archive project is urgently needed.
Released on February 1, 2017, the initial edition of our archive includes more than 2,700 reviews, encompassing some from the first days of nytheatre.com in 1997-98 along with every review of the New York International Fringe Festival. Your comments and feedback will help guide me to the next iteration of the archive, and the iteration after that.
The archive project also encompasses an ebook that I will be writing--targeted for distribution around the middle of 2017--which will track my own journey with the indie theater movement and will provide context for all of the reviews and other goodies contained in the archive.
Thanks for reading! Please share your comments and thoughts about the project with me.
- Martin Denton, Executive Director