Today, On the Boards begins defying time and space with OTB.tv, its performance-on-demand program.
The plan: make high-definition, high-quality films of OTB shows. The goal: give people who could not/did not see Young Jean Lee's The Shipment, Allen Johnson's Another You, etc. an opportunity to enjoy them. The grant: $750,000 in seed money from the Wallace Foundation. The result: Don't know. I haven't had a chance to see any yet.
Performance-on-film has, historically, been a dud. But OTB has poured a lot of energy and resources into this project and is a place that makes a habit of defying expectations. We'll see.
The launch party is tonight at On the Boards. 6 pm. Check out the new website—with previews and pricing—here.