Theatre Thefts on the Rise?
I have noticed a disturbing trend recently. All Producing companies should take notice.
In both Austin and Seattle smaller theatre companies have suffered large incidents of theft from their performing venues.
Here is a press release from the React Theatre in Seattle: http://www.seattleactor.com/news/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=164
And a reporter in the Austin Chronicle tells of the fourth such theft their area has experienced in the past five months: http://www.austinchronicle.com/issues/dispatch/2005-03-25/arts_feature4.html
The thefts can be devastating to companies who have sometimes saved for years to acquire lighting and projection equipment.
No need to panic, but I guess a little extra vigilance, (and a double-check on the locks,) never hurt.