So, I was surprised and elated at how many people were supportive of the 250 or less word essay regarding change/betterment of our lot as artists, performance companies.
I also suggested that we begin a cookbook for success, filled with concise recipes for how to make a better landscape for American Theatre. This also seemed to get a thumbs up, but at the same not as much follow through. I am definitely paraphrasing and interpreting, but to me it seemed everybody wanted one, but didn't know exactly where to start when it came to formulating one.
So, for those of you who think it is worth attempting, why not refocus a bit. We can embrace the virtue of smallness. How about more specific recipes...like
1) Recipe for getting the best lighting designer in non-equity theatre
2) Recipe for exciting local media to cover your show
3) Recipe for refining mission statements and value statements
4) Recipe for making your company 501c3
5) Recipe for two or more theatre's to co-produce an evening or run of theatre
So, would someone please send me a recipe. First the ingredients and second the process for preparation.
Or, send me specific recipes you wish would be in the cookbook. Think specific, less like 'how to run a successful audition', and more like 'how to actively sincerely encourage certain folks, genders, minorities to audition'...
Less like 'How do I get money to run my theater' and more like 'recipes for successful and unusual fundraising events'
I'd love a 500 word recipe from Nick about how to get the best lighting designer when money is too tight, what to look for
I'd love a 500 word recipe from Don about how to put together and promote a bowl-o-than fundraiser
or 500 word recipe from Ian or others about how identify what makes your company unique among the array of performance groups in your town
500 recipe from Scott about how to identify another artist prepared for tribal organization
500 word recipe from Nick at RatSass about how to be Johnny Rotten without burning the whole house down
500 word recipe from Tony about how a married couple can afford to produce theatre while raising a toddler
500 word recipes from other folks Slay, Mike Daisey, Clyde Fitch, Slowlearner, anybody...Anybody (echo echo echo)
A single recipe cant change our landscape, but dozen or hundreds of well written succinct recipes might
Hell, I'll even take tongue in cheek recipes if that gets it started
500 words about how to produce theatre that makes people vote (wink to Ian)
500 words about how to confront a critic without burning the bridge
I have created a blog http://theatercookbook.blogspot.com/ where I hope to compile recipes.
Anyway, that is my special wish for today