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May 07, 2009


Scott Walters


Jocelyn Prince

You're sort of thinking like an Obama style community organizer with this post.



I've also thought arts orgs need to have far more in common with political campaigns, or churches, then anything else.

Chris Ashworth

Word. Superbly stated.

Ethan Stanislawski

The Obama comparison is spot-on, as is the idea of integrating Hyde Park (which is more than just fairly diverse, it's the only South Side neighborhood that managed to resist white flight, for better or for worse).

I don't a local focus would exclude a regional focus, but I agree that focusing on "types" of people who go to theater is just self-defeating.

Do you work at the Court Theatre? Would be weird if that was so and I didn't make the connection after four years at the University of Chicago.

Christine Evans

I've been thinking along these lines lately too, from a writer's perspective where I think the "submission" model (send scripts everywhere) is simply broken. I agree that the regional model is over but affinities (ie audiences/ players) are only defined by physical neighborhood, even in a "presence" medium like theatre. Lines of connection along interest, passion, virtual connection also create affinities and community. Maybe it's about scale and speed too. The revolution in scale that's made digital media fast and ubiquitous can work in performance too--thinking of the Tiny Ninja MacBeth (a one-man show, viewable by 10 audience members at a time, using plastic ninjas on a magnetic plate). It was very intimate and portable but also NOT tied to one place and all the mighty machinery of The Show. I like the questions you are asking because we need to find, and open, the other door. The regional behemoth door has fallen off its hinges (after being locked and deadbolted).

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