From the publisher...
Louisville theatres have listened to their audiences, to their casts
and crew, and to peer comments such as those published right here at
You're probably saying, "Of course, they do!" However,
it was a wonderful surprise to me because I come
from an area where they definitely do not. To the
best of my knowledge, Boston area theatres still
keep patrons huddled into unheated ante-rooms in
the midst of a frigid New England winter, retroactively refuse handicapped
seating, make veteran actors pay for "training" in
order to be cast, and more lovely things like that.
Compared to those, our complaints about Louisville
theatres seem mild; yet, nonetheless, Louisville theatres have more
than heard -- they
Actors Theatre signed on for Theatre Alliance of
Louisville's combined auditions in June, and thereby considered
some local actors as well as New York casting. Clarksville Little
Theatre added a female director to its schedule for next year. Many
theatre groups have already announced their 2007-8 seasons and have
made a clear effort to stagger rather than bunch their opening dates.
Many have also improved the quality and appearance of their printed
programs. And it's become commonplace to open one theatre's
playbill and see a list of offerings from several other theatres.
Kudos on all! But, then, I always knew that Louisville theatres were
Of course, a few items remain on the wish list -- for example,
replacement of fixed seating so cramped that it
would make an airline blush, but I realize that's
a much more costly undertaking. Perhaps they'll consider it with the
next renovation. More realistically, perhaps theatre groups could expand
their phone coverage for at least the month prior to an opening, could
make sure callers know whether seating is open or reserved, and could
remind ushers to escort patrons via the least feet-trampling route to
their seat. Most of all, perhaps all could limit opening announcements
to two or three minutes and train their announcers to stop saying "ah."
(Now, they'll have some motivation to do that, as our readers will be
Most of all, I hope that everyone's upcoming season will continue
to build on the wonderful spirit of this year's -- always
mutually supportive, never competitive, and dedicated to making Louisville
area theatre the best anywhere.
Louisville theatres -- since you've listened, please hear
how proud we are of you, and how very glad that you're here.
-- A.S. Waterman
Published July 1, 2007