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Thursday Morning-ish Roundup


by Stephen Becker 30 Jul 2009

Sorry for the late start today – it’s hard to write this when you have no power at your house. THINK GLOBAL, STAGE LOCAL: A guest column by local playwright Jonathan Norton has really struck a nerve over on theaterjones.com. Norton writes about the difficulty that area writers have in getting their work produced by […]

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Sorry for the late start today – it’s hard to write this when you have no power at your house.

THINK GLOBAL, STAGE LOCAL: A guest column by local playwright Jonathan Norton has really struck a nerve over on theaterjones.com. Norton writes about the difficulty that area writers have in getting their work produced by North Texas theaters. Mark Lowry has followed up with his own two cents on the subject, which includes e-mail responses from other local writers. If you’ve been frustrated with trying to have your work produced, or even if you’d just like to see more Texas stories at the theater, be sure to check in on this discussion as it evolves.

YOU DON’T KNOW JAC: Theatre Three Executive Producer Jac Alder talks about the company’s next show, The Royal Family, on the latest edition of the This Week in the Arts podcast. Check back at Art&Seek next week when Betsy turns the tables on This Week‘s host, Justin Flowers, for our weekly Q&A.

STANDING TALL: Unfair Park has a cool time-lapse video of the new Traveling Man sculpture in Deep Ellum. The video comes courtesy of DART, which will open a stop on the new Green Line near Traveling Man in September. DART has its own YouTube channel with a ton of other videos related both tot he Green Line construction and the building of Traveling Man.

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  • Yes to the problem of local theaters. You’d think they’d open up more. I can’t even get a fair reading of my original plays. Nor will theaters open up to reading new plays.

    Through the years my zine has written about a revolution in theater too.

    Theater should be happening in many rooms all at once, like at movie complexes, or multiple theaters at a community art center. It should have similar pricing as movies, and numerous shows going on all at once – for example a classic theater in one auditorium , smaller pieces such as one man programs, duets, etc, in other rooms, and new pieces of theater, in another room, and even rehearsals for viewing in another room.
    Until there is a movement to open up theater to all once again, it will not revive.
    Right now we are left with a Disneyfication of theater to make safe profits.