Sunday, February 24, 2008

Zachary Mannheimer in Des Moines

I just received an email from Zachary Mannheimer of Subjective Theatre, who left New York City four months ago to bring his theatre to a different part of the country. He is following three of the values propounded by this blog: decentralization, localization, and a new business model. Here reports in as follows:

Long time no talk. I’ve been busy, as you have been, of course. Been keeping up with your world out there, though.

Wanted to bring this to your attention – you all know why I moved out here – and it’s been about 4 months and things are moving rapidly. There was just a huge article on the project – I was on the cover of Juice (The Village Voice of DSM) and then the Register (The NY Times of DSM – take these comparisons as you will) did the article again on the front page of it’s arts section.

These are things that would never have happened in NYC. In 4 months I’ve compiled more support than in 8 years in NYC. Thought you might find this interesting. Here’s the article:

Also – to check out the whole plan – go to and click on the “More info on The Des Moines Social Club”.

Lastly – I’ve got an essay titled “The Idiot from Iowa” coming out in the NY Theater Review next month. I think you will all find it enjoyable.

Miss you guys – hope to see you all soon!


Devilvet said...

Best of incredibly heroic attempt


Karl Miller said...

As a proud, former Idiot from Iowa, I think this is wonderful. The community in Des Moines is ripe for this kind of project.

I never knew why Des Moines was always the go-to reference to suggest "uncultured hick" ... there is a real progressive culture there ... from its schools to its symphony, to the other equity houses that have been there since my childhood.

This is great news for everyone ...