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More Sobering Stats About the Performing Arts in America

Major hat tip to the lovely and talented Vanessa Stewart, as I cribbed this from her Facebook page. Don’t think she’ll mind, and if even if she did, Facebook is a public forum so…Check it:Full picture: According to a 2014 Theatre Communications Group Survey of 118 Theaters (15 of which had budgets of 499,000 or less)- federal funding was at a 5-year low in 2014, less than half of its 2010 level in inflation-adjusted dollars.This 56% decrease represents the biggest reduction in support of all contri...
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Panegyric

Giving offense can get you knocked down. So can bad timing. So can not having enough friends. So can costing your friends money. There are lots of ways to find yourself on your ass in the middle of the street. My friend Colin Mitchell is out of a job because he said the wrong thing. That’s how it goes when your job is to sell people what you think. Sometimes they don’t buy it.I come to bury Colin, not to praise him.For years Colin Mitchell made a policy of pissing people off with this website. ...
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Heard Any Good Poop Jokes Lately?

 To say last week was rough would be an understatement. Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and the Dallas PD shooting? Honestly, rough can’t come close to expressing what I’ve felt over the past few years. This institution that we call America has gutted itself to the core and shown the world its seedy underbelly with an unapologetic ferocity that has left me speechless.I’m a wordsmith. A playwright, screenwriter, and stand up comic. Words are the tools of my trade and using them effectively to...