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Having been an active producer in this city for over 30 years, I know that to this incredibly diverse community, when it comes to good theater, content is as important as entertainment, style, and emotional fulfillment. I also know that artists value the highly engaged audiences here and the ability to talk about the work, connect it to a larger universe, and draw upon the active dialogue we can so easily generate in this special community. So,…

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I just returned from a festival of new work in Brighton, England, an hour south of London by train on the English Channel. It seems to me that the British theatre is thriving. I love how older artists encourage  younger generations and celebrate their innovation. I’ve found a similar sensibility in Russia where I’ve had the pleasure of seeing work regularly for the past 25 years. Senior artists actively mentor younger artists and facilitate and…

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Boston has a number of fine theatre facilities most of which are home to our celebrated local dance, opera, music, and theatre companies. Not surprisingly, these spaces are dedicated primarily to the work of these resident groups. Now, with the opening of four new performing venues under the operating umbrella of ArtsEmerson: The World on Stage, we have for the first time a variety of theatres that can host work from around the world that likely would never see the…

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The traditional subscription system – same seat(s), same night of the week –  is not something we can consider, having four theatres with varying capacities and seating configurations. It’s also true that the metabolism of the average theatregoer has changed. Prior to 9/11, single ticket advance sales were strongest two weeks prior to any performance. Post 9/11 it’s more like two days. It’s a fundamental shift calculated to give premature white hairs to theatre managers…

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