Brooklyn City Council Candidate Proposes New York City Independent Theater Week
New York - John Quaglione, a candidate for New York City Council's 43rd District, proposed the establishment of a "New York City Independent Theater Week" to be organized and promoted by the City's official marketing organization known as New York City and Company.
Quaglione announced the proposal during his remarks at a "Meet The Candidates" forum sponsored by The League of Independent Theater last night at Manhattan's The Kraine Theater.
"We need to do more to support and encourage folks to embrace the talent that is on the stages of our independent theaters throughout the five boroughs. What better way to promote these shows and actors than to mirror NYC Broadway Week and officially dedicate a time period that celebrates and highlights Independent Theater in our City. I look forward to working with The League of Independent Theaters when I am elected to the City Council to see this happen" said John Quaglione.
"I also look forward to standing shoulder to shoulder with the League and presenting the industry's economic impact study to City Hall. The industry features the work of over 40,000 artists and entertains more than 1.5 million people each year. This live performance theater network is generating many jobs, significant tax revenue, and creating opportunities for many families and people in Brooklyn. New York City government must do more to rightly recognize these important contributions," concluded Quaglione.
Since 1958, the Off-Off Broadway scene has played a role in the culture of New York City.
Quaglione is a candidate for Brooklyn's 43rd District that includes the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bath Beach and Bensonhurst. For more information on the campaign, visit www.votejohnq.com.