53rd State Press


Publishing, like reading, is an act of love.

53rd State Press was founded in 2007 as a one-person venture to preserve and distribute new performance writing by a small, flourishing community of writers in Brooklyn. Between 2007 and 2010, it published seven books.

Now, after a year-long pause to rethink operation modalities with a longer-term view, 53rd State is returning in the standard key of the 21st century: sustainability. Co-edited and co-administered by Karinne Keithley Syers and Antje Oegel, the press has:

--incorporated
--begun the process of becoming a non-profit organization
--adopted a debt-free business model

In a time when the economic good sense of business models based on large initial debt is justly under reconsideration, and a time when the entire structure of the publishing world is undergoing profound changes, we have chosen to adopt a modest model that essentially reverts to an 18th century publishing strategy: subscription. While 53rd State books will also circulate within the existing models of book distribution, our primary aim is to publish each season's catalog for a base of subscribers. The size of our subscription audience will dictate the size our output.

We ask you to subscribe either to individual titles or the entire season catalog not because subscription offers massive discounts (though it does discount the titles), but because you, as a reader, are a member of the community. There is very little representation in print of new writing for performance. Many of these texts live in public only for the duration of a one or two-weekend performance run. Not geared toward commercial theater and not specific to the purview of university presses, the invention and beauty of the work in new writing for performance often vanishes, existing only in the memories of those who sat in the audience during those short runs. 53rd State Press exists as a vehicle for the preservation of this writing, and we need your support to do this work.

Working on a September-June calendar, we will be publishing 4 new texts a year. Our curatorial range includes new writing for performance -- in theater, dance, and spaces in-between -- as well as new plays in translation. Our catalog will generally include three smaller volumes and one 3-play anthology. Titles will be available in all ebook forms in addition to traditional print.

SUBSCRIBE, PRE-ORDER, or PURCHASE FROM THE BACK CATALOG AT OUR CHECKOUT PAGE. INFORMATION ON ALL SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES BELOW!

SUBSCRIPTION PLANS

ALL PRAISE PAPER
$50, including mailing in the U.S. (email for international prices)
All four texts in the 2011-12 catalog, the physical object of the book itself, mailed to you as they are published: Off the Hozzle (Rob Erickson); Pig Iron: Three Plays (Pig Iron Theatre Company); Map of Virtue (Erin Courtney); Mayor of Baltimore + Anthem (Kristen Kosmas).
free access to ebooks of the same titles
discounts available on back catalog titles purchased in combination with your subscription.


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THE GLOWING SCREEN
$20, Ebooks of all four texts, made available as they are published, delivered to you via email. All formats will be supported - epub, mobi (kindle), etc.
discounts available on back catalog (paper) titles purchased in combination with your subscription.


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PAPER PRAISE+ 2
$70, including mailing. The Full All Praise Paper subscription, plus two titles of your choice from the following: Crime or Emergency, Montgomery Park, When You Rise Up, Rambo Solo, or No Dice.


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SCREEN GLOW+ 2
$40, including mailing for the plus 2. Glowing Screen subscription, plus two (print) titles of your choice from the following: Crime or Emergency, Montgomery Park, When You Rise Up, Rambo Solo, or No Dice.


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BUY INDIVIDUAL TITLES

Current Publications


Off the Hozzle, by Rob Erickson, $12
Crime or Emergency by Sibyl Kempson, $12

Pre-order any single title from the upcoming catalog for retail + $3 postage in the U.S. Titles are mailed as they are printed.


Pig Iron: Three Plays, by Pig Iron Theatre Company, $18
Map of Virtue, by Erin Courtney, $12
Mayor of Baltimore + Anthem, by Kristen Kosmas, $12
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BUY BACK CATALOG


Montgomery Park, or Opulence, by Karinne Keithley, $10
When You Rise Up, by Miguel Gutierrez, $10
Rambo Solo, by Nature Theater of Oklahoma, $15
No Dice, by Nature Theater of Oklahoma, $15
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note: There's a very low remaining stock of Joyce Cho Plays, all of which are in the warehouse at SPD. See the Joyce Cho Plays page for the link to SPD to purchase a copy.

The Book of the Dog is out of print, but may return in a limited edition, subscription-only run, one of these days.

DONATE

We gratefully accept any donations you can make on top of the cost of the subscription. We expect to receive non-profit status, making your donations beyond the cost of the subscription tax deductible. At this time, we cannot actually accept donations until our non-profit application is officially pending and registered with the Attorney General, but we would welcome news of any intent to donate, via 53rdstatepress at gmail.com. A letter of intent will help us with our budgeting even in advance of actual receipt of funds. We should be legally able to accept donation monies by November 2011.


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