Because I love jumping into a fray . . . .
Theatre doesn't have a collective value, only an individual one.
My life has been touched by theatre. Not a particular theatre. Not a particular show. Theatre taught me that someone could make a living producing art.
(And no making that living isn't easy but it is do-able)
If your reading this, theatre has probably touched your life as well. Maybe even changed it.
Maybe it helped you to become more expressive.
Maybe it helped you meet more friends, or even the love of your life.
Maybe you saw a show that just for a second made you re-consider the world and your place in it.
My point is that the value that theatre provides is almost always a deeply personal one.
So maybe instead of trying to pinpoint a particular set of values for theatre we should just emphasis that theatre has VALUE.
And the only way a person will ever find out what particular value theatre has for them is just by giving it a try.
Our mission as theatre folks has to be to convince the world to give our shows a chance.
We have to be an open door constantly inviting a nervous public in.
We have to be relentless in finding ways to get people inside that door in terms that doesn't sacrifice our artistic ideals.
Because if 100 people decide to give your theatre a try in a given night then maybe, just maybe, 15 of them will suddenly find that theatre has value TO THEM.
Can you imagine what a gift that would be to those 15 people?