Teresa’s Weekly Update: Just the Facts (and the Pulse) Edition

by Teresa Eyring

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Last week’s I AM THEATRE is of Anthony Runfola, production manager at Childsplay in Arizona. He talks about the power of theatre to make people become more honest with themselves and bring communities together. Anthony shares a specific story about a talk-back for a play about teen suicide. I know you all have stories about how a production can lead to a discussion afterwards, and how you’ve created opportunities to extend the conversation from what is on your stage to what is happening in your own communities. We would love to hear your stories. Will you share them? Check out Adirondack Theatre Festival’s video on our I AM THEATRE YouTube channel to see the latest submission, and visit our website to find out more about creating and posting your own video.

Thanks to all of you who’ve already completed the recent Taking Your Fiscal Pulse—Fiscal Year 2011 survey! We are extending the deadline by one week to Friday, October 7, so if you are a producing not-for-profit theatre and haven’t completed the survey yet, I encourage you to take 10 minutes and do so. As a reminder, this survey is a collaboration with the Association of Performing Arts Service Organizations (APASO), is very short in length and captures a quick snapshot of the theatre field as of your Fiscal Year 2011—whether it’s already completed or ends by December 31, 2011. The ensuing report is a perfect complement to our in-depth fiscal analysis, Theatre Facts. If you haven’t received the link to the survey or have questions, please contact Chris ShuffReports from our prior Taking Your Fiscal Pulse surveys can be found in the Snapshot Survey section of our website, along with the recently released (and re-designed) Theatre Facts 2010.

This week’s featured book, as part of our 50 Years, 50 Books, is The Essential Bogosian. 1981, Eric Bogosian performed his first solo monologue, Men Inside, at New York City’s Franklin Furnace before going on to write and perform in six Off-Broadway solo shows from 1981 to 2000. Talk Radio, his first play and most successful work, premiered in 1987 at the Public Theater in New York with Eric in the lead roll of shock jock Barry Champlain. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, the play was adapted into a film by Oliver Stone the following year, with Eric once again in the lead roll. One of America’s premier performers and most original playwrights, Bogosian has also written three novels, and was seen recently on Broadway in Donald Margulies’Time Stands Still. You can also check out his I AM THEATRE video here.

Finally, here’s a resource, Innovation Inspiration From Nonprofits, that you might find useful from INC.