Regarding this conversation about the fuckedness of American theater and how much boards of directors are to blame: Tories in Britain are talking about cutting arts funding, saying private giving will fill the gap. "Uhhhh" says Charlotte Higgins in the Guardian:
There's a further problem, and this is one of culture and ethos. The rich require a return on their donations — most often, power. This is not automatically a bad thing: there are enlightened, hands-off donors. But look at the US, and we see boards of trustees composed almost entirely of the wealthy, wielding extraordinary and not always positive potency.
Recall this exchange from the Outrageous Fortune discussion on Monday (the subject of this week's theater lead) as recounted by playwright Louis Broome:
[A prominent artistic director] said he would "support local playwrights... if they'll let me." I asked, "Who are 'they'?" He said, "Find me after and I'll tell you."
I didn't find him. I know the answer. "They" are the board, people like Paul the Board Member, who think business is business. Show business isn't business-as-usual. Not-for-profit theaters drop like flies all the time because their boards kill them.
Thanks to Larry Ballard for the tip.