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McCain Campaign Member on Health Care

For artists, particularly, access to health care is probably the most important issue in this election. Imagine the effect that universal health care would have on the arts in this nation. Well, here is what a McCain campaign member had to say about this.
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Meanwhile, On Another Blog...

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Patti Digh's wonderful 37 Days blog has been running a series of posts by her readers about what they would do if they had only 37 days to live, as a run-up to her wonderful new book Life Is a Verb. I thought you might find today's post...surprising.
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You Can't Be Done There From There

Adam Szymkowicz publishes a portion of Gary Garrison's article about playwriting in Dramatist magazine that took me back to the discussions about bringing in out of town actor to perform at so-called regional theatres. Apparently, it isn't just actors, but playwrights, too (gee, what a surprise):

A dinner with the Seattle Rep Dennis Schebetta combined with a Town Hall meeting with local artists/administrators and passionate Guild members quickly articulated a common concern among a lot of our members: dramatists can’t get produced in their own backyards. I’ve heard this serious concern announced in Atlanta, Houston, Boston, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles and San Diego. Let me be clear: it’s not about just getting produced in your own backyard, it’s about getting produced by one of the named theatres that’s in your own metropolitan neighborhood. What was extraordinary and different (and incredibly positive) about members talking about this issue in Seattle was the almost instant call …

Mike Lawler: On Travel

Mike Lawler over at EcoTheater has an interesting post entitled "Lost Plane: Planes, Trains, and Automobiles" about the ethics of traveling and how it relates to the migrant artistic lifetsyle prominent within the regional theatre scene. He includes an email discuss with sound designer Lindsay Jones, who says that he logs between 150,000 and 200,000 miles a year doing dound gigs around the country. Jones writes: "“I don’t think I’d be able to continue my career as a freelance theatrical designer if I just worked in Los Angeles." Asked by Lawler about "localizing and supporting the theater in L.A. — or wherever theater artists may live," Jones replies, “There are hundreds of theatre companies in Los Angeles, that’s not the problem. It’s that quite a few of them do not pay anything close to a living wage, and have very primitive working conditions from a technical standpoint. To a lot of people in L.A. theatre is just something you do until you get a job in…