From the publisher...
No Thanks to the New "Deal"
I don't know about you, but I'm tired of hearing about belt tightening.
And I'm tired of hearing that the arts are expendable, and also about
ways to finagle ticket-price "deals" at the box office. Those
who advocate asking for discounted ticket "deals" from the
big guys have no idea how much they're hurting the little guys, and
especially hurting the smaller theatres that don't have six- and seven-figure
The fact is that most smaller theatres manage to operate within their
budgets, and that includes the theatres that basically have no budgets,
instead following a bring-your-own (costumes, props, etc.) business
model. If the largest ones haven't learned this lesson, then they should,
and should perhaps also consider spending that budget money in the community
that donated it rather than parceling it out to companies in New York
and beyond. Smaller theatres also manage to keep their ticket prices
reasonable without resorting to "deals" and still put on a
fine show by and for Kentuckiana.
To the politicians and execs who say the arts are expendable, when
was the last time you went to a live production? Let's hope you understand
what it is that you would take away from your constituents. To the donors
who blithely write out checks to those who already have astounding amounts
of income, did you ask how your contribution will be used, and how much
of it stays here? To those of you who didn't know that there are more
than 50 theatre groups in our area, please click on the Theatre Guide
and Coming Attractions links at the left.
And to all of the people who give of their time, resources and talent
to make Kentuckiana theatre great — thank
— A.S. Waterman
Copyright © 2009 A.S. Waterman. All rights reserved.
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