File puptcrit/puptcrit.0811, message 333


To: puptcrit-AT-puptcrit.org
Date: Wed, 19 Nov 2008 18:27:08 -0600
Subject: Re: [Puptcrit] Gift Economy and puppetry


I (we actually) took/begged money from the rich and used it to make an  
give away performances, workshops and classes to anyone who showed up.  
For years we ran "MONDAY NIGHT JUGGLING" which was open & free (& on  
theatre dark night). So pros, amateurs and wanna-learns showed up. All  
ages (no unsupervised kids, but a safe kids area) It was in a hs gym.  
Soon other skills were being shared. Stilt walking, building,  
acrobatics, tumbling (we already had mats). Touring pros would stop  
in. It was amazing how many shirt & tie & high heels day jobbers would  
turn up and become fanatics. Three of our five best company jugglers  
were women, so it was never a boys night out. Did it for 3-4 years  
before the school administration changed the entire system (for the  
worse)

Probably why gift economies have seemed like a no brainer to me. Glory  
days...

- m

On Nov 19, 2008, at 5:34 PM, Robert Rogers wrote:

> Rolande, that is a a strange story.  When I passed that milestone, I
> actually offered to give presenters a second performance for free.   
> People
> were so suspicious, and I actually lost some opportunities!
>
> But good for you.
>
> Robert Rogers
>
>> This is my 25th year in the business of "selling" puppet shows. As an
>> honest celebration, I decided to GIVE a $50 discount on all our stage
>> presentations. Why? For one thing, I fell in love with the motto,  
>> "Our
>> Silver is Your Gold". I'm not sure if it's just this piece of  
>> marketing,
>> or the fact that people are amazed at 25 years, or that they like the
>> brochure, or that perhaps they are awestruck that any price would  
>> ever
>> come down, but I've gotten more calls from new clients this year  
>> than any
>> other.
>
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