In it he makes the following statment:
According to the Associated Press, the news was disseminated in the same inept, clumsy way the company has conducted much of its business for the past five years. The acting artistic director told a Madison television station that the Rep board voted late last month to dissolve the group.
The Madison Rep's financial and public relations problems began long before the national economy tanked. Even a beautiful gem of a new performing home in the Overture Center could not save the company from itself. The Rep has provided a template on how not to run a theater company for the surviving state arts groups.
As Leonard Jacobs states: Harsh words.
Indeed. There is a problem though. Mr. Jaques gives absolutely no details or links to any articles to demonstrate or support these charges.
I did a Google news search and really couldn't find anything about it with an albeit quick search.
At the National Arts Journalism Project Webblog ARTicles, Laura Collins-Hughes praises Jacques for calling out the Rep:
Alas, Jaques doesn't anatomize how Madison Rep brought about its own downfall, but one can hope he'll do that later in a larger piece. For now, it's enough that he's refused to let what he sees as fatal mismanagement go unremarked, and particularly satisfying to see him draw a line between bumbling PR and going belly-up.
Not good enough, Laura. Jaques had BETTER do a follow up piece after making those statements, or a least give his readers some guidance on where to find articles that outline his accusations.
By the way, I am not defending Madison Rep, and I don't have really any stake in whether or not the charges are true, but, come on!