Covering 50 years of theatre, here, there, mostly New York City Off-off Broadway.
Information and observations for several hundred theatre productions.
Contents (click on title to go to page):
Donald L. Brooks is a playwright, director, designer and actor who has worked Off-Off-Broadway with Soren
Agenoux, Edward Albee, Ross Alexander, Michael Allinson, Word Baker, ‘Ntoni Bastiano, George Barteneiff,
Bhaskar, James Bidgood, Julie Bovasso, Kenny Burgess, Dorothy Cantwell, Al Carmines, Joseph Cino, Jacque Lynn
Colton, Ralph Cook, Jackie Curtis, Robert Dahdah, Joseph C. Davies, Divine, Johnny Dodd, Magie Dominic, Roslyn
Drexler, Helen Duberstein, Joan Durant, Ethyl Eichelberger, Tom Eyen, Ron Faber, Edie Falco, Crystal Field,
Harvey Fierstein, Richard Foreman, María Irene Fornés, Kevin Geer, Amlin Gray, John Guare, James Jennings,
George Harris, The Harris Family, Robert Heide, Lee Kissman, Arthur Kopit, H. M. Koutoukas, Russell Krum, Don
Kvares, Deborah Lee, Ralph Lee, Rosetta LeNoir, Jacques Levy, Barbara Loden, Lucille Lortel, Charles Ludlam,
Gretchen MacLane, Adele Mailer, Bill Maloney, Marshall W. Mason, Taylor Meade, Murray Mednick, John Herbert
McDowell, Andy Milligan, Mabou Mines, Meredith Monk, Mario Montez Tiger Morse, Richard Morse, Larry Myers,
Odetta, Ondine, Joel Oppenheimer, Rochelle Owens, Sally Ordway, Robert Patrick, Austin Pendleton, Bernadette
Peters, Gerry Ragni, Christopher Reeve, Tim Robbins, Natalie Rogers, Arthur Sainer, Stuart Sherman, Sam
Shepard, Michael Smith, Lewis J. Stadlin, Charles Stanley, David Starkweather, Ellen Stewart, Lincoln Swados,
Harvey Tavel, Ronald Tavel, Megan Terry, David Tice, John Vaccaro, Jean-Claude van Itallie, Hervé Villechaize,
James Waring, Jeff Weiss, Arthur Williams, David Willinger, Lanford Wilson and Mary Woronov. He has been
active Off-Off-Broadway continuously for over forty years and is numbered among the innovators of the movement
-- indeed, having given the name “Off-Off-Broadway” in jest to a Village Voice writer who subsequently created
listings headed as “Off-Off-Broadway”. His plays have often been controversial, most notably “Xircus, the Private
Life of Jesus Christ” and "Superfreak, the Death of Joe Cino", both of which he was the author.
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Off-Off Broadway and Beyond
DONALD L. BROOKS
Tuesday, January 13, 2009 --Quote from Robert Patrick
Having had a chance to skim DONALD's newly-revised site, I BEG you to take a thorough look at it. Even if you have seen it in the past, PLEASE look again at this much-enlarged and -augmented version!
Actor/writer/direrctor/designer BROOKS shows us 1960s-1970s theatres, many of them forgotten or destroyed, and many, many striking photographs and posters for shows he acted in, wrote, directed, and/or
designed. (He won an Obie for his set designs.) Most of the images exude the exotic aura of a style rife on Off-Off Broadway then, and all but forgotten now - a style enclosing Greek myth, Catholic ritual,
Hollywood luridness, Las Vegas glitter, and New York psychedelic complexity. There is even one play starring playwright H.M. Koutoukas himself, the master of this important and influential style, which
Koutoukas himself dubbed "tacky glamor," and "Cobra madness." What's more, among the often large casts are, besides the famous Harvey Fierstein, such Cino People as Joel Thurm, John Herbert
MacDowell, Jacque Lynn Colton, Harvey Tavel, Ronny Tavel, and Deborah Lee -- as well as legendary underground stars Mario Montez, Jackie Curtis, and Agosto Machado. DONALD worked long and hard
at the Caffe Cino, and two of these pages cover his bitter play about the Cino, "Superfreak," and the lively reaction of the Off-Off community to it.
Scholars and scanners alike will be enriched, amazed, and entertained by kaleidoscopic flip through a fifty-year career spent on the cutting edge. -- Robert Patrick
THEATRES include LaMama ETC, Soho Rep, The Metropolitan Museum, the Museum of the City of New York, AMAS Musical Theatre, the Cubiculo, Theatre Genesis, Caffe Cino, the Performing Garage,
Playhouse of the Ridiculous, The Ridiculous Theatre, Theatre of the Lost Continent, Judson Poets Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Sullivan St. Theatre, Actors Playhouse, Players Theatre, Provincetown
Playhouse, Theater for the New City, Library of Performing Arts at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, St. Peter's Episcopal Church, Theatre in Chelsea, Theatre 13, Cincinnati Playhouse, New Jersey Shakespeare
Festival, Bennett Memorial College, Plays in the Park, Long Island University, New York University, St. John's University, and others.