America's Next Top Avante Garde Hero!
The search is on for the top spot at a theatrical mecca and this competition is going to be HOT!
We have assembled a fierce panel of judges. (Including Anne Bogart, the vivacious Viewpoints Vixen.) And we are scouring the country to find the next leading innovator for the theatre.
The winner will get an almost 200k salary package and a two year contract as the face of the American Repertory Theatre in Cambridge, MA. And with all the prestige and guest lecture cache of a Harvard affiliation.
But this isn't going to be easy. You can't just rely on your reputation, or your aesthetic vision. This next hero has got to WORK IT!
In our avante garde gauntlet even the most talented directors can find that they have got to work well with others, own the cocktail circuit, and....get ASSES in the SEATS. That's what I'm talkin' about!
As Anne Bogart says to the Globe:
I will say one thing though. I wonder if the model of a Joe Papp,
meaning a producer who is in love with art, as opposed to a director who is involved more in their own work as an artist than in producing might be a better way to go. Is there a young Joe Papp around? But that’s just me wondering."
That's the standard contestants. Are you up for the challenge!
Next week, tune in as we watch our most introverted artists attend a cocktail party on Nantucket. And this isn't just about admiring the view. They've got to get donations out of this polo-clad crew. And wait till we spring this on our contestants...
They are not allowed to say that it is for educational outreach!
The winning team flies back to Boston on the CitiGroup Jet, and then they hop a ride back to Cambridge in Governor Patrick's new Deville ... while the losers take the slow ferry to Hyannis and the Plymouth-Brockton bus up to South Station.
Stay tuned America!
(Thanks to Geoff Edgers for the reporting on the ART!)