So, the show is still churning and life goes on as it will. I'm seeing Nerve tonight and looking forward to it. We have a long schedule this week...Tuesday-Saturday. So if anyone wants to come Tuesday...hey, that's a nice thing, no?
Right now, the Showcase Code is doing us about as much good as the Electoral College has been doing the concept of Democracy.
I'm of the belief that the only way for Equity to reform the Showcase Code is for actor's within the organization to demand it. Actor's Equity will react with hostility to producers who want more freedoms. A solid case needs to be made that the Showcase Code, and indeed, the entire system in New York, should be changed to reflect the truth of the economics and state-of-the-Arts.
An important step, though, is to formalize the complaints and debate. There are very few organized facts about Non-Broadway, Non-Off-Broadway Theaters and how they function financially. How much do most companies spend on their shows? How often do they profit? What do they generally spend?
I would like to set up a survey to gather statistics and create a broad overview of the financial state and general business practices of the Off-Off or "Indie" world of New York theater. Of course, I'm completely inexperienced.
What sort of questions need to be asked? Hit my comments.
- Matthew Freeman is a Brooklyn based playwright with a BFA from Emerson College. His plays include THE DEATH OF KING ARTHUR, REASONS FOR MOVING, THE GREAT ESCAPE, THE AMERICANS, THE WHITE SWALLOW, AN INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR, THE MOST WONDERFUL LOVE, WHEN IS A CLOCK, GLEE CLUB, THAT OLD SOFT SHOE and BRANDYWINE DISTILLERY FIRE. He served as Assistant Producer and Senior Writer for the live webcast from Times Square on New Year's Eve 2010-2012. As a freelance writer, he has contributed to Gamespy, Premiere, Complex Magazine, Maxim Online, and MTV Magazine. His plays have been published by Playscripts, Inc., New York Theatre Experience, and Samuel French.