Posted by Bruce Miller
I would like to post a question.
What do we as a community—artists, audiences and residents at-large—want Richmond theatre to look like in ten or fifteen years? Where do we see Richmond theatre connecting and contributing both locally and nationally?
For the sake of this exercise, don’t try to answer the question for anyone other than yourself. You don’t have to provide the full answer, only your own. Try not to be excessively practical to the extent that you fail to dream. Try to resist being shamelessly extravagant and wind up with dreams that have no chance of ever coming true.
Don’t worry about the current recession or a swine flu pandemic shutting down all places of public assembly.
Imagine a supportive and growing audience (that’s what we have), a vibrant talent pool (ditto), a conservative giving community (alas, ditto again), and declining media coverage (it doesn’t take much to imagine that, does it?). Build on these strengths; find creative ways to fix these problems.
How many theatre companies should there be, how big should they be, what types of plays should they be producing, how much should they charge, how should they promote their offerings?
You can comment anonymously or take credit for your wisdom and creative thinking. You can comment once and then comment again if something new occurs to you. You can focus on the big picture, or talk at length about that one aspect of Richmond’s theatre world that really blows up your skirt or gets your knickers in a twist.
Be kind—we won’t publish anything that is unduly negative toward anyone or any entity. But it’s OK to be constructive and critical. Cast a knowing eye.
Your vision, opinions, ideas and constructive criticisms will inform the ongoing strategic planning process at Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV. But you need not limit your discussion to Barksdale Theatre and Theatre IV. In fact, you don’t have to talk about us at all, if you’d rather not.
This is your chance to have an impact and change the world.
I hope we’ll get lots of comments.
See you at the theatre!