Monday, October 25, 2010

Mondays are Dark

Today is the last day of the 2010 South Florida Theatre Festival; it winds up tonight with the closing party that starts at 7pm at Fort Lauderdale's Green Room.  The event will coincide with the presentation of the Remy and the Silver Palm Awards.

In the meantime, here's your Monday reading list:

Old Audience Blues?
The Producer's Perspective mulls over the demographics of theatre audiences.
I have to wonder if even Shakespeare himself was frustrated because he couldn't get college-age kids to put down their PBR, leave their sorority parties and come listen to some verse.
You Know...For Kids! tells us about the season of Children's Programming at Actors' Playhouse.

Finally Finalized
The Caldwell Theatre Company has finalized its 2010-2011 season, according to BroadwayWorld.comVices..A Love Story is still coming back, it's followed by Clybourne Park, then Next Fall (directed by the Caldwell's founding artistic director, Michael Hall), and the piece de la resistance, the Florida premiere of God of Carnage.

I Am Absolutely Not Making This Up
The Drama Queen reports that Dave Barry will be headlining the upcoming GableStage fundraiser on November 13.  It's being held at Ransom Everglades School, which is, not coincidentally, across the street from the shuttered Coconut Grove Playhouse.

Something to note; in passing, the article mentions that the GableStage's Romeo & Juliet, which tours South Florida schools, was adapted by the artistic director of Ground Up and Rising - a smaller local theater company.  GableStage's artistic director, Joe Adler, is known for this kind of collaboration - and it's just the kind of connected-ness we should expect for a new Coconut Grove Playhouse. 

State of the Arsht
The Miami Herald examines the outlook for the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts as it enters its 5th season of operations.  After a rocky start, it's slowly starting to turn around its surrounding neighborhood, much as the Broward Center and the Kravis Center did in their respective cities.  Of course, they did it at a fraction of the cost, even adjusted for inflation and rising costs of living.  I'd love to see a dollar for dollar comparison of the three venues.

Hometown Boys Make Good
South Plantation High Schools Friends Of The Theatre honors its alumni, Cory Terry and Elan Farbiarz, the creators of Killing Channeling Kevin Spacey. 
It is always exciting when we are able to share alumni sucess stories. Today, we want to tell you about Cory Terry and Elan Wolf Farbiarz, graduates from the class of 2001, Paladin Playhouse alumni and now award winning playwrites.

Cory is the son of FOTT co-founder Donna Terry. Cory and Elan have written several plays together but one in particular, "Channeling Kevin Spacey",   has been received with great acclaim and success, even winning several awards at the Canadian Fringe Festival.
The play won three different fringe festivals (Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Toronto) in 2008, and makes its US debut at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts on October 29 and 30.

I linked to this in last week's SCENE, but in case you missed it, The Miami Herald tells us about Teatro En Miami.

On the Boards
The Chronicle of Philanthropy dissects the anatomy of a board of directors.
Despite its appeal, the idea that it takes heavy hitters for an organization to be successful at fund raising is a myth. And not the benign, literary kind of myth that helped primitive people make sense out of a mysterious world. It’s the insidious, bad kind of myth that encourages boards to be lazy and complacent and executive directors to waste valuable time doing the wrong things.
In short: it's not about having deep pockets, it's about getting other people to give support.  Coming to every show as a board member is great, but getting your friends to come with you is better.

... The Coconut Grove Playhouse is still closed, and Miami News Today has opinions about that.  Some of them have merit - letting Miami-Dade County build the new theatre, for example, is probably not a good idea, given the County's lousy record for building projects on time and on budget.  But it's also obvious that Michael Lewis needs to heed his own advice, and talk to some experts about regional theatres, and how many seats they should have.  (The Grove failed in part because it had waaaaaay too many seats to fill)(Union contracts are negotiated, in part, on the number of seats).

...In West Palm Beach, the city has bought the Cuillo Center, so Palm Beach DramaWorks can move in.  West Palm Beat has a photo of the marquee, along with the story.  It seems that the venture will be called something like "Palm Beach DramaWorks at the Cuillo Center for the Performing Arts."  Which is not uncommon; Actors' Playhouse is properly "Actors' Playhouse at the Miracle Theater."

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