A few weeks ago, Adam Thurman, an Arts Marketer who runs The Mission Paradox weblog posted about yet another plea to help an arts organization:
I read the article, there's no sense of why the org is such trouble . . . just one of those vaugue "caused by the recession" sort of things.
I go to the website of the org. Again, no explanation of how they got there, no info about how they are going to get out of it . . . just talk of the recession.
Let's draw a distinction:
There are challenges caused by the recession
And there are challenges caused by bad decision making that the recession simply exposed.
If an organization is in the midst of a financial crisis they need to let us know if the recession caused it or exposed it.
Yesterday, I posted about the Madison Rep closing. Today, Leonard Jacobs at the Clyde Fitch Report points out that local Wisconsin journalists think it is inept management that closed the Rep.
Meanwhile, Isaac Butler at Parabasis notices something about Trinity Rep's line up for next season:
So we have a new Steven Dietz play, Sarah Ruhl's Dead Man's Cell Phone, and then... Cabaret, The Odd Couple and Twelfth Night. This isn't all that different from Trinity Rep's recent seasons, but the presence of The Odd Couple on the slate of plays is telling. There is perhaps no safer play to do than The Odd Couple. It's so safe- having been immortalized in a pretty good movie, and having no angles into the material other than the obvious one- that there's actually no reason to produce it (unless you want to use it as a star vehicle, as the recent Broadway version did, a dubious reason to do a play if you ask me).
(Oh and by the way: Trinity Rep's mission?: "Trinity Rep reinvents the public square with dramatic art that stimulates, educates and engages our community in a continuing dialogue")
This season is Rock Solid. Impermeable. It's also not very exciting, and I have a feeling lots of seasons like it will be cropping up over the next couple of years.