The principal issue is that the theatrical establishment in America has lost sight of the values that led to the establishment of regional theaters, and in its place are institutions that value buildings over artists, isolation over engagement, and corporate growth over artistic development.I think I'm gonna put that on a t-shirt.
... it would require the development people to sell a new bill of goods: to tell the donors and funders that an ensemble, with artists in the building, will yield better work on the stages over time, more continuity for the audiences, a stronger voice for the institution artistically, and the real potential of new work and new programs at the theater growing out of the energy of having actual artists there, working, all year long.Near the end of the article, the Gothamist asks Mr. Daisey about his decision to perform at Joe's Pub. Interesting, especially since How Theater Failed America is getting ready to transfer to the Barrow Street Theater for a six-week engagement.
Just as exciting is Mr. Daisey's plan to expand the scope of the show by holding a roundtable discussion after each Sunday performance. In an email, Mike said he already had commitments from Robert Brustein, Eric Bogosian, Jim Nicola, Gideon Lester, James Bundy, Richard Nelson, Mark Russell, John Clancy, and Lisa Kron. More details at 11 ... er, at Parabasis.
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Is Daisey being naive? Pining for some bygone era when small communities of crafts persons grew their own food and performed Shakespeare?
Uh...no, not pining for that. Yikes!