File puptcrit/puptcrit.0810, message 97

Date: Mon, 6 Oct 2008 09:44:50 -0400
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Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Economy & Puppeteers

Actually, there is a horse-drawn wagon tour heading from northern
Vermont down to western Massachusetts this fall.  It's by some of the
same people who toured the eastern U.S last year with the "Boxcutter
Cabaret" revue of puppet shows.

john bell

Dr. John T. Bell
Ballard Institute and Museum of Puppetry
University of Connecticut
6 Bourn Place Unit 5212
Storrs, Connecticut  06269-5212
office: 860 486 0806
cell: 617 599 3250
-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Stephen Kaplin
Sent: Saturday, October 04, 2008 6:07 PM
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Economy & Puppeteers

Hey folks,
  Reporting from the eye of the storm in NYC. Wall street is visible 
right across the East River from our DUMBO studio. The last time I 
looked, it was still standing.
However Wall St accounts for %20 of the City Tax revenues-- so the city 
is gonna get whacked in a huge way, completely independent of the 
general slowdown of the American Economy. Already our illustrious 
Mayor, Mike Bloomberg has promised us a substantial budget cut. In 
addition the state is expecting big, big cut back.  Between those two, 
that accounts for about 1/3 of Chinese Theatre Works budget. Plus the 
effect on all our presenters, who will be likewise hit. I estimate the 
overall effect on our organization will be as severe as the one we felt 
after 9/11, and probably longer sustained.

I'm not going to hold my breath waiting for a Federal Theater Project, 
like the one that  created work for theater artists in the '30's. It's 
up to us on our own to find some creative ways to get our own local 
communities to keep us going.

I'd be interested in hearing what strategies companies are taking. Solo 
shows? Recycling old repertoire? Horse-drawn  wagons?


On Oct 4, 2008, at 2:04 PM, Liz Evans wrote:

> Hi Bob,
> PA is no different on the economy front.  I guess we are fortunate
> the Philadelphia area is a hot spot for computer companies, so
> we have definitely seen a drop in usual hires, at least we have an
> industry in the area that is still decently strong.  We are trying to 
> be
> pro-active, in a scale back of what we do.
> We are actually having to consider cutting our Public series by half.
> I realize that my company is not one individual, but I honestly don't
> think it matters in this economy.  Even being an educationally based
> company, I anticipate this being a very rough year, just based on the
> lack luster start to the Holiday season bookings.
> So, "Hang on to your hats, it's going to be a bumpy ride."
> Best,
> Liz
> K. Elizabeth Evans, President & Artistic Director
> Renaissance Artist Puppet Company
> 610-630-4259
> Renaissance Artist Puppet Company's
> mission is to promote excellence in puppetry as a
> Theatrical art form and as an Educational tool by incorporating
> historical and cultural diversity along with quality performance
> techniques to tell our stories.
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