I spent a few days recently in Florida, beginning in Sarasota where I was treated to an embarrassment of theatrical riches. In less than 24 hours at Florida Studio Theatre, I saw Reel Music, a cabaret based on music from films through the decades; attended two mini festivals of plays written by children from kindergarten through 12th grade; saw a reading of In the Book Of… by John Walch; a performance of Jericho by Jack Canfora; and participated on a panel with three playwrights and Jason Loewith of the National New Play Network. We discussed the current state of playwriting to a packed house of FST audience members and supporters. The renowned Asolo Repertory Theatre is also based in Sarasota, but it was in Miami where I was fortunate to attend the closing performance of Asolo’s Hamlet, Prince of Cuba, adapted by Nilo Cruz and directed by Michael Donald Edwards. This remarkable rendition of Hamlet has performances in both Spanish and English. Hopefully it will return to the stage one day so more people will have the chance to see it!
If you’ve already registered for the Conference, you should have received an invitation for the new and improved Conference 2.0. Create your profile and then check out our growing schedule of speakers and breakout sessions. Also, the deadline to receive TCG’s special $199 rate at the Park Plaza Hotel during the conference is Monday, May 21 at 5pm ET. If you’re having any issues reserving rooms at the hotel during the conference dates, please email email@example.com.
If you can’t wait until June 21 to connect with your colleagues, please join us on June 5 for our Leadership Teleconference, Navigating the Visa & Taxation Process for Artists from Abroad. Learn more about our smart (and funny!) presenters from FTM Arts Law in this interview on the TCG Circle.
I want to leave you with this opportunity to participate in the next round of Theatre Bay Area’s intrinsic impact study at a subsidized rate. Supported by the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, this subsidy will support the participation of 30 diverse U.S.-based theatres, and further the research discussed in the recent publication, Counting New Beans: Intrinsic Impact and the Value of Art. Contributors Clayton Lord and Diane Ragsdale will also be joining us in Boston to discuss this research and models of new relationships between artists and audiences. Join them and help us Model the Movement!