Monday, March 10, 2014

Mondays are Dark

Things are still going strong in March; a lot of shows playing, several just opened, and we’re just a few weeks away from the 38th Annual Carbonell Awards.  This year’s ceremony will take place at 7:30 pm on March 31, at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts in the intimate Amaturo Theater.  This is the first year that Slow Burn Theatre Company is eligible, so it’s going to be interesting to see how they affect the Musical Theatre category.
What would an awards ceremony be without an after-party?  Fortunately, we don’t need to ponder that as the South Florida Theater League is once again hosting one at Revolution Live, just down the street from the Broward Center.  Just present your Carbonell Ticket Stub or Theatre League Membership Card to gain entry, which includes a free welcome drink, a drink ticket (with an option to continue drinking at a cash bar until midnight), and partake in the delicious food buffet, which includes appetizers and a make your own s'mores bar!
Now here’s your Monday reading list:
This Tuesday
The Miami Herald and Broadway World are talking about Way of the Rain Miami, a multi-media performance piece created Sibylle Szaggars Redford, wife of Robert Redford.  It plays tomorrow night at YoungArts.
"YoungArts Salon provides artists and audiences an opportunity to participate in a rich dialogue about artistic practice, collaboration, and the cultural landscape. We are thrilled that one of our Master Teachers, Robert Redford, and Sibylle Redford, whose work The Way of the Rain will premiere here on the YoungArts Campus on March 11, will bring their combined artistic knowledge and passion to our Campus," said Paul T. Lehr, President & CEO of the National YoungArts Foundation.
Yes, the director and her husband will be attending the premiere event.
This Week
Broadway World fills us in on The God of Isaac, opening this week at the Broward Stage Door Theatre.
This Summer
The Drama Queen has the run down on this year’s company of actors for City Theatre’s latest edition of Summer Shorts.
Next Season
As we wend our way through the final months of the 2013-14 Theater Season, everyone’s starting to look ahead.  Florida Theater On Stage and The Miami Herald run through the Arsht’s offering of national tours, which includes the return of The Book of Mormon, Newsies, as well as something called I Love Lucy Live On StageThe Examiner goes local to give us the season line-ups for The Wick Theater (more of the costume-heavy fare that’s been the mainstay of community theaters for decades) ,  the Maltz Jupiter Theatre’s offerings of musicals and classic plays, and Actors’ Playhouse with its mixed bill of big musicals, and comedies.  The Drama Queen gives us some details on the Actors’ Playhouse season.
That Word, It Does Not Mean What You think It Means
Butts in Seats pointed us to this great article in Medium that points out why we usually get it wrong when thinking about audience expectations.
Most of the time there is a frustration too from the people in arts organisations with ‘audience’ or ‘strategic’ in their job description.
It isn’t just about bums on seats next week they say, it’s about outreach and building relationships. Why can’t the people doing the accounts, or dealing with the artists playing to half empty rooms, get that.
One reason is that audience does actually mean bums on seats.
It’s worth reading.

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