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By Andy Propst on Jun 20, 2009 | In Select Blogs
Greetings from Seattle. Here we are in downtown Seattle, Americans for the Arts and a vast contingency of 1,200 artists, arts administrators and advocates has taken over the convention center and four hotels. Seattle has rolled out the welcome wagon (or should I say monorail).
* Seattle: And now a word from our Tweeps
* Photos from day one in Seattle
Anyone got $10,000 to make a phone call to the Skylight?
[one of eight links with videos about the Skylight situation]
Underground Zero 2009
Just got the line-up for this year’s UNDERGROUND ZERO Festival which will be held at PS122. This year’s line-up looks pretty interesting featuring work from director Jose Zayas, Wax Factory, The South Wing, Hoi Polloi and Kyle Jarrow. Complete line-up after the jump…
La Didone at REDCAT
The following is a review of The Wooster Group’s La Didone at REDCAT by L.A.-based writer Matthew Lurie.
Economic Revitalization for Performing Artists
Art critics on the demise?
The ever-wise, sassy, and determined Elizabeth Zimmer says the cold, hard truth about the death of intelligent dance criticism. It's all scary but true. Thanks to my pal Wayne Hazzard at the hard-working Bay Area arts service org, Dancers' Group for pointing me toward Elizabeth's writing.
Live Design Online
NEA New Play Development Program
O'Neill Center's Summer Gathering for Graduate Playwrights
This summer the O'Neill will host a unique convening for graduate playwrights. With the generous support of the Mellon Foundation, the National Playwrights Conference will host a discussion and day long ...
NYC Performing Arts Spaces
Blogging from the Road: New Faces, New Places, New Spaces…
Appleton, Wisconsin: Fox Cities Performing Arts Center
On Chicago Theatre
Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic for the New York Times, has returned to London for his annual month of constant theatregoing, with reviews blogged to us stateside. I can't wait. It won't be as fun as it was in 2007, when I was also in London and saw many shows in common with him, but it's still gonna be great fun to read. And make me severely wish I were back in London, seeing many shows for little cost. Anyone wanna get me a ticket?
On Theatre and Politics
Tickets to Roundabout's Bye Bye Birdie WIll Be As High As Billy Elliot's
Coverage from Variety here. So what, exactly, is the difference between Roundabout's Broadway production arm and a commercial producing house? That they have subscribers? Actually, I think it's the rather sweet deals on labor costs that Roundabout gets as a result of being a nonprofit.
On the money
We can probably file this under marketing rather than fund-raising, but the Goodman Theatre's latest wheeze - a money-back guarantee for a new play by Migdalia Cruz - is certainly eye-catching. I've written a piece for the Guardian's theatre blog here, wondering if punters would really have the ...
Scrappy Jack's World-Wide Theatricals and Dime Museum
Andy Propst is shutting down americantheaterweb.com on June 30.
Upcoming (and Outgoing)
A meeting of Central European theatrical minds comes to the Lincoln Center Festival next month when Krystian Lupa's Narodowy Stary Teatr of Krakow adaptation of Thomas Bernhard's ....
The Wicked Stage
More From the New Atlantic
In the new issue of what's quickly becoming my favorite magazine, there's a faux-provocative but nevertheless diverting package called "15 Ways to Fix the World," which includes some off-the-chart crank notions (like this one from conservative savant Reihan Salam) alongside some common-sensical ideas that should deserve more mainstream circulation, like this one from Felix Salmon, short enough to reprint in its entirety:
By Andy Propst on Jun 19, 2009 | In Select Blogs
The Artful Manager
Of boards, bungles, and the two-headed beast
The theater world in Milwaukee is reeling from the sudden announcement this week from Skylight Opera Theatre that they had dismissed their artistic director, and that the managing director would be taking over artistic leadership. Opinions are flying. Protests are planned (for this morning). Factions are forming. Petitions are posted.
Summer Arts Simple & Easy, for the Kids of Los Angeles
Donations-based summer school for the disenfranchised…
Big changes ahead for national arts policy
Today’s speech by Bill Ivey, former head of the NEAN was fascinating. He talked about his role in Obama’s transition team, developing an analysis for the new administration of the federal cultural agencies. Work on the transition began even before the election behind closed doors so that by
Fresh from the Skylight gathering and from my first phone call of the day
Great gathering at the Skylight this morning. I have video which I will post throughout the day.
AFTA Convention Wrap Day 2
Wow, you guys are eager beavers all of the sudden in the comments! I think I approved more this week than I did the entire summer last year. Glad to see that the content is engaging you. The first official day of the AFTA Convention was great - the discussions have mapped extraordinarily well to ...
The Fortress of Jason Grote
Five Questions on Culturebot
Click here for the answers you've always wanted.
The Hub Review
More Hubbies from the spring season, the Caucasian edition
No, I haven't forgotten the promised round of spring acting Hubbies (the virtual award modeled after Michael Phelps, at left). And there are plenty to distribute, ironically enough from many shows I didn't particularly like. We may be moving into that state in which the movies ...
lies like truth
The Future Of Dinner Theatre
Dinner theatre need not be a bland mix of naff entertainment, cheap cocktails and wilted greens. Here's a YouTube clip of a Dutch company that takes the genre to new and apparently fascinating heights:
The Mission Paradox
When's the last time you had a conversation with someone whose intelligence and wisdom scared the hell out of you?
The Producer's Perspective
The first cease fire in the secondary ticket war.
It finally happened.
smArts & Culture
Your Cultural Clipping Service
What you might have missed, that I think you might like.
The Wicked Stage
It's apparently a great time to see playwrights develop their work onstage; Suzan-Lori Parks' Father Came Home From the Wars, as I've noted, is at the Public through the end of the month, it's only $10, and it reportedly includes Parks herself playing guitar and singing an original opening song.
Theater of Resistance
One measure of the place I work at now is the diversity of visitors who pass through the office: So far I've met theater professionals from Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, and, most strikingly today, Iran. ...