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From Option to Opening : aguide to Producing Plays Off Broadway - Revised and Updated Paperback – July 1, 2005
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Several productions, awards, and earned dollars later, I re-located to New York and picked up this new edition of the book. Although the raising of money aspect as described in the book is still as complicated as ever, I used most of the lessons of the book and used Kickstarter to raise production funds. Thanks to Kickstarter and the many wonderful and informative lessons in "From Option to Opening", I was able to produce my play "Armstrong's Kid" Off-Broadway to much success.
If you're serious about producing theatre, this is a must-read. But even if you don't plan to produce Off-Broadway or any form of theatre, this book is fascinating reading. A big thanks to Mr. Donald Farber for cracking the mystique of theatre producing, and breaking it down in laymen's terms.
As good as it gets for tyro producers especially those outside the pipeline. As I recall, a lot that the books offers -- was done for me by accountants, company managers, and lawyers.
Now all my theater contacts are dead and gone.
Don't waste your money.
If you try to produce your show off-Broadway, you will waste much, much more!
Other than that, it was a fascinating look behind the scenes at what a producer has to go through to get a play on stage Off Broadway. I had assumed that it was just a bit bigger operation than what we go through. WRONG!
First surprise - Off Broadway is not just a theater that isn't on Broadway, there's a fairly complex definition of even what that means. Then there's the legal aspects. If you want to raise front money to investigate putting on a show, the law says that you can only ask four people. You can accept money from more than four, but you can only ask four.
I don't ever plan to go do a show in New York, but this book made fascinating reading.