The declining subscription numbers and aging audiences that are the status quo in the theatre world (and dance, opera, etc.) scares the hell out of a lot of people in the field.
What scares them is not the problem. It's a problem the more observant ones in the field predicted a decade ago.
What scares them is the solution.
Because the solution, whatever it may be for the individual orgs, is almost certainly going to be painful.
So to avoid the pain that would inevitably come with any serious, long term solution to the problem they do a fatally flawed thing.
They wait for somebody else to reveal the perfect solution in the hopes that they can copy it.
They want someone to take the risk and then hope they can swoop in and show the bosses the solution they "know" will work.
But that's the problem when it comes to alternative models to funding the arts . . . in the beginning, they all suck compared to the status quo.
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
"Washboard Abs, Without the Situps"
Mission Paradox on the painful work arts organizations have ahead of them: