Kevin Hogan 
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Re: “The Shrinking Stage

Three decades after Reagan, government arts funding is still considered dirty and a "waste of taxpayer dollars." Unlike, say, the cost of production of a Predator drone. The consolidation among media entities has lately meant another lobbying arm arguing against government funding of the arts, in order to stifle possible sources of competition.

Where I live in Brooklyn, the Royal Shakespeare Company sends touring productions and they are feted like stars and praised to the heavens. Local theatre companies have to subsist on crumbs of paltry city funding. How can local organizations starved of public money even attempt to make headway against massively subsidized touring companies from abroad? "They can't" is the answer.

Why hire out of town talent? The answer is "TV." Theatres, from Artistic Director on down to the staffers have to dedicate themselves to developing an aesthetic and thereby an audience. But the lazy choice is to hire people with TV credits so Mr. and Mrs. Bourgeois can go home satisfied their ticket money wasn't a waste. This has been endemic to non-profit regional theatre since Reagan. Nothing has changed, and nothing seems likely to change any time soon.

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Posted by Kevin Hogan on 04/16/2012 at 1:59 PM

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