Nov 27, 2012
commented on What You're Not Wearing: Sweater Edition!!
The owlish gal next to Professor Fred, with his spiffy bow tie, basks in his reflected glory, and I applaud her fashion sense. Even Miss Owl's staid sweater and jeans and standard blue Seattle chambray shirt are bearable. I'd suggest contacts, though, because she looks like my drivers license picture.
How do I know Professor Fred? I watch "Movie Marvels" and "In The Dungeon" on http://scctv.net
even down here.
Hollywood CA USA
Jul 23, 2011
updated the link to his or her website.
Jul 23, 2011
commented on The Empty Spaces
I've owned live and movie theatres, put up shows in Hollywood, as Producer and Player, and performed in shows in New York, Chicago, and Seattle. You are so right in this piece, as depressing as that might seem.
Maybe things "should" be some other way, but there is no "should." There is only "what is."
With very few exceptions in specific niche markets, things are terrible in Theatre.
You are right, "How Non-profit Corporations Are Run" is a big part of the problem.
I see the other big part as "Too Few Ticket-Buyers To Pay For Everything," which is the bottom line. Plenty of Supply, as long as Players' day jobs hold out, but virtually No Demand.
You're passionate, I'm passionate. If somehow more persons were passionate, it seems it "should" work, but our passionate drive to create great Theatre doesn't matter. Americans spend their entertainment dollars somewhere else.
Theatre has indeed failed America, by being too expensive, and America reciprocates by staying home. The competition is unbeatable.
Who REALLY is our Competition? Other theatres? No. Other Performing Artists? No. Our unbeatable Real Competition is free radio and tv, and movies on computer, and DVDs. That's what we're up against.
How do you get somebody out of his house to come see your show, when he most easily entertains himself just by clicking his mouse or remote? You can't.
There are a few remedies, and I'm applying them. Those only come after recognizing our Real Competition.
Throwing public money at the wrong problem certainly doesn't work, and now there's no more of that. Don't blame the American public, they're doing the best they can.
There is nothing wrong with Theatre People throwing themselves at an Impossible Dream, if that's what they want to do, and as long as we all know it's impossible. Bless 'em all!
Just don't make yourself crazy by calling it a Career. Without a paycheck, it's a Hobby, and that's okay. Hobbies are good. Everybody needs a Hobby.