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Is Theater Serving Its Audience, Take Two: Defining Audience

by Jason Rohrer Every year, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) reports on the artistically praiseworthy habits of each American region: Pacific residents go to a lot of straight plays; New Englanders are more apt to see a musical; East South Central dwellers don’t read as much as Mountain inhabitants. These divisions largely support the stereotype of cultured, elitist coastlines flanking a large, simple-minded heartland. Let’s, ...

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by Jamie Ferguson I am a theater person. Surprising, I know, to find a theater person writing an article in a theater program, but anyway. I moved to Los Angeles recently, and I was a bit nervous about what I would find once I ventured into the theater community out here. I was afraid that in L.A., theater might get pushed to the side, marginalized ...

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Little Theatres, Big Effects: How Theatre Changed My Life (and what it can do for you)

By Hannah Logan The first live theatre I ever saw was a production of Princess and the Pea. As soon as the lights went down I was transfixed…the story, the costumes, the handsome prince and of course the GIANT MATTRESS held me in awe. This was not at all like the 6-8 hours a day of television I watched. This thing called “theatre” breathed, was ...

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Is Theater Serving Its Audience…

By Jason Rohrer According to Aristotle, theater is supposed to provide catharsis, a purging of negative emotion, resulting in a refreshed body and mind and, therefore, a more productive citizen. So when’s the last time you got all that out of a trip to the theater? In order to perform that valuable function, a play has to galvanize us, to make us think and feel ...

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