Tuesday, March 29, 2005

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.

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