Showing posts from May 10, 2009

A Final Thought on the NEA Chair

One more thought: having someone serve as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts whose name is Rocco is worth its weight in gold.
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Theatre As Baseball

Travis Bedard hits one out of the park with his latest post "Is This heaven? No, It's Iowa." Give it a read.
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Fingers Crossed

This gathering of sixty artist-activists from around the country recently at the White House, perhaps timed to coincide with the nomination of Rocco Landesman as Chair of the NEA, is an excellent sign that the Obama Administration understands the role the arts could play in our nation. I am pleased to see Dudley Cocke (Roadside Theatre / Appalshop) and Linda Frye Burnham (Community Arts Network among the gathering. Read about it at in the article "Forget Tech for a Sec, How Will the Arts Help the Obama Administration?"

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Rocco Landesman as NEA Chair

Apparently, theatre producer Rocco Landesman has been nominated as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts. He is an interesting choice, and one that I have mixed feelings about.. I remember reading Act Two: Creating Partnerships and Setting Agendas for the Future of the American Theatre, and he seemed to be one of the few voices who saw the increasingly snuggly relationship between the regional theatres and Broadway as disturbing. Isaac notes a similar orientation when he was on a post-How Theatre Failed America panel and Landesman said ""I realized when we were doing Caroline or Change on Broadway as a commercial production and a non-profit was doing Barefoot in the Park that something was deeply wrong." I have a sense that Landesman has a clear and strong opinion of how the regional, non-profit theatre ought to be different than a commercial production. Furthermore, many of the plays he has brought to Broadway have been excellent, including the aforementioned Ku…

Congratulations to Dennis Baker!

From Dennis Bakers' Facebook page: "
Caroline Grace Baker. Born 6:32am, 5lbs 1oz. Mom and Baby are going well. Caroline is breathing on her own, but hanging out in the NICU for fun."Welcome, Carolina, and congratulations Dennis and Karen!

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