I have permission to post this (thank you, Kyle Lawson), and anyone in this area can probably name at least three groups here that have been dealt the death blow. I think this is something well worth reading. (I read it on Facebook):
It is Dec. 19, 2014. The apocalypse came today. It was limited in scope; only one theater company was involved. But that was Actors Theatre. Thirty years of priceless work. Thirty years of memories that will fade.
The ground between the rock and the hard place is not fertile for the arts. Actors Theatre thrived there longer than most. But live theater comes with a hefty price. More than we were willing to pay. The work was never less than excellent, just as often it was superlative. Yet there were empty seats. The wallets of potential donors remained closed.
These are not good days for our country. We are beset by enemies without and within. Ideology rages, compassion wanes. We proclaim ourselves a religious nation, unaware of the irony that our lives are ruled by greed and bigotry, a travesty of our creed.
Art is the enemy of such ignorance. Why would the ideologists support it? An enlightened electoral base, a knowledgeable consumer community are dangerous. They are not easily led. Brainwashing is almost impossible.
Art is a second opinion. Invaluable. Destroy it.
One cannot blame Actors Theatre for its closing. If there is no money, there is no money. Artists must live, suppliers must be paid. The board and the company’s leaders, Matthew Wiener and Erica McKibbern Black, went beyond the extra mile.
One cannot blame the wealthy, either. Where would this community be without the Herbergers and their fellow philanthropists? Or the support that the municipalities have lent, if sometimes begrudgingly?
It is we who have changed. We no longer seem to care that our children are growing up intellectually and emotionally stunted. We no longer fight for what we believe. We let others vote. We let the media define our existence.
Actors Theater is just one casualty. There will be many more.
Until none are left to die.
For me this is a bit of a “Think again, girl”, kind of post. I tend to blame the wealthy individuals and companies who don’t support the arts. But we normal folk. Do we care? I wonder!
I have more to write (and I did), but being as I’m in a negative sort of mood right now I’m just going to leave this here. For now. Maybe forever. We’ll see!