Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Suzan Lori-Parks' Total Quality Management
A guest post from the 365 Vice President of Corporate Culture

The Seattle Times has an article about the 365 Play Festival which is going on throughout the country right now. And meeting with great success.

Suzan Lori-Parks, our Chief Executive of 365 Corp suggests companies in the operation are not pulling their weight:

Parks admits that over several years, some organizational aspects of the project were "cripplingly awful."

Here in Seattle, coordination of the local shows has at times been,
well, a bit sloppy. One recent library performance was canceled, after the high-school student actors didn't turn up.

Well, at least these shoddy nonners won't have to worry about a surprise inspection. Being the busy CEO of the project Parks will not even be able to check out any of the 365 plays being performed in Seattle, though she says she may return later. (Heads up, high schoolers!)

However, in case you think this "movement" is selling out to the man, need we remind you that the boss is forgoing pay so that we can bring free theatre to the masses?

Parks said "365 Days / 365 Plays" also reminds theater folk and audiences "that things can get done, even if you don't have a lot of money or other resources.

A puckish woman with long dreadlocks who looks much younger than her 43 years, Parks didn't just talk that talk. She walked the walk, making her 365 scripts available royalty-free to anyone who wanted to produce them. There was a string attached: All shows had to be free.

Now, some of you in the "network" have raised questions about statements like these. And we have noticed, as you have been kind to point out, that the official Network Oath of Allegiance states something different.

This from the official 365 Plays website:

365 NETWORK CONTRIBUTION:Each theatre will be an equal partner in the 365 Festival and therefore must contribute an equal amount to the 365 Fund in their network. Each network has set its own level of contribution. Contributions range from $50 – $150 depending on the network. Of this, $1 per day represents
licensing fees ($7 per company) to the playwright. The rest will be used for marketing, administration and fundraising costs.

This is what is known as a token royalty. It is our way of giving appreciation to the boss for all of the hard work. Like a token Christmas gift, showing appreciation for another year of gracious employment. Nothing substantial, but maybe think of it as a fruitcake.

We know that some have asked about the proceeds from the Book which contains the text of the plays. "Aren't we helping to promote that?"

This is a legitimate question, but you need to know a little about Book Publicity first.

Simply stated: There are clerks at Border's or Barnes and Nobles who spend time setting up the endcaps and signage for book tour appearances, right? Now, do you think these clerks expect any proceeds from the sales of those books?

Thank You

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