How many great new plays have you seen in the last year?
With the revival of the revival and the rising cost of creating theater, Off-Broadway is in dire straights. In the last year established Off-Off houses like Bouwerie Lane, The Actors' Playhouse, Collective Unconscious and theaters like the Michael Weller, that housed multiple companies, have been forced to close their doors due to rising costs. Many "premier" Off-Broadway companies have fallen back on reviving old work, importing proven plays from overseas or simply hiring a big name Hollywood actor to attract a crowd. Nationwide, the number of performances of Staged Readings and Workshops has dropped 50.8% in the last 4 years. (Theater Communications Group, Theater Facts 2007)
New theater in America is becoming a fast diminishing national treasure.
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WITH YOUR HELP THIS SEASON
Living Image Arts will be able to replenish the American Theater by:
- Initiating, incubating and developing 20 new American plays. This one month to year long commitment is a process that moves from early drafts to completed scripts. At each stage of development, plays are evaluated and, if warranted, move on to staged readings, workshops or production.
Living Image Arts will be able to foster the next generation of American Theater Artists by:
- Raising showcase wages so artists will not continue to lose money by working in their field.
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AS A DIRECT RESULT OF YOUR SUPPORT
Living Image Arts will be able to contribute to the health of American Theater as a living and relevant art form by employing and nurturing artists, developing provocative original plays, and adding new work to the National Canon.
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