West of Lenin

It Takes Guts to Build a New Theater While Theaters Across the Country Are Collapsing—but Producer A. J. Epstein Has Guts

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Perhaps this is where American theater is headed? The ether of the internet via radio/blog readings? It's the most exciting thing I've heard about recently.
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I hope they have a good board of directors!
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Hopefully no board of directors. Unless they raise money, they are always just a bunch of interloping meddlers creating drama to justify their involvement.
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No, no Bored of Deflectors. It's just us, the artists and buds in the room. Nobody tells us what to do: We are the Invigorating Mother Effers! Signed, Seanjohn Walsh, President of the Ensemble, Sandbox Artists Collective
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Rooty-toot toot, Seanjohn.
The reason you don't "need" a Board is because your "collective" is a single-member for-profit Limited Liability Company, and you ain't the sole member. (See http://www.sos.wa.gov/corps/search_detai…). I don't know Mr. Epstein (he sounds like a great guy who genuinely loves theater) but make no mistake-- he's The Boss. Also, as Brendan notes, he's The Landlord.

So I hope you all stay on his good side, everyone stays friendly if money becomes an issue, someone's keeping up on the taxes, and it doesn't turn into a big ass-polishing festival.

Personally, I'd prefer a Board (with all the trappings of voting, notice, and consensus-building) to a Boss. But congratulations, Mr. President. I hope you get to wear a really fancy hat.
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Rooty-tooter Buttercup: Sandbox Artists Collective and West of Lenin are seperate entities. West of Lenin may be a LLC for AJ; Sandbox Artists Collective is not a LLC. The opening Sandbox Radio Live! was a collaboration with WoL instigated by Sandboxer Leslie Law. AJ is a Sandbox member, a friend and a colleague. Regarding a couple of your assumptions- he ain't the Boss of the Sandbox and he ain't our Landlord. He is a great guy who loves theater and Seattle is very fortunate indeed that he is committed to Fremont. And I do have a Haberdasher in my back-pocket.