The world of “Off-Off Broadway” has been fertile soil for new American plays for decades. Since the late 1990s, one of its most fervent boosters and chroniclers has been Martin Denton, the founder of nytheatre.com and the editor and publisher of the Plays and Playwrights series from NYTE Small Press. The series began in 2000 with Plays and Playwrights of the New Millennium, and has published new works by exciting New York talent like Kirk Wood Bromley, Trav S.D., Ken Urban, Josh Fox (now an Academy Award nominee for the documentary Gasland), Eric Bland, Mac Rogers, and Joshua Conkel, to name only a few. (If you notice a certain conversational tone to the interview, full disclosure: Martin Denton published my own play in 2002.)
As a pioneer of digital coverage of the theater, I was interested to hear his thoughts on the importance of paper. We talked about the upcoming book, his goals for publishing new works, the origins of the series, and how he balances his work as booster, publisher, taste-maker, and critic.