Daily Rehearsal: Occupy Broadway?

October 11, 2011

1. Have you seen the tumblr Charles Isherwood's Yogurt Shop because GO RIGHT NOW. It's all based off of this one quote he gave just a few days ago in our new favorite review of Adam Rapp's despised playwriting abilities: "[T]he prospect of five more [plays] next year...frankly leaves me contemplating abandoning my vocation to open a yogurt shop in Long Island City." 

2. Remy Bumppo has a new "Between the Lines" conversation coming up this weekend from Long Wharf Theatre on Mourning Becomes Electra, not to be confused with the hit children's show from way back when, Between the Lions. Artistic Director Gordon Edelstein talks about Eugene O'Neill and plans to show how O'Neill "packed all the power of Mourning Becomes Electra in to just half the time."

3. Taxes, art and non-profits, Kelly Kleiman's favorite topics. According to the Reader, who got it via the National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy, "Fifty-five percent of foundation arts grants go to the less than 2 percent of arts organizations with annual budgets of more than $5 million." And, perhaps unsurprising to you, the people who experience the work of these insitutions are typically white and wealthy.

4. Occupy Broadway? Though it hasn't yet come to that, writes Howard Sherman, the reason shows keep grossing more money isn't because more people are going to them, but because the tickets are more expensive. "Do we need a movement?" asks Sherman. "Perhaps not yet. But do we need pronounced change we can believe in when it comes to access and pricing for the arts? Absolutely."

5. A week from Saturday we've got TimeLine Theatre's “Meet the Artists” reception in relation to their show The Pitman Painters. They have artwork by six Chicago-area union members displayed at the theatre and Art de Triumph/Artful Framers Studio, and the reception will be after the 4 pm show at the latter location. 

Questions? Tips? Email kdries@wbez.org.