Assessing a theater season before it starts is tricky business because the best you can do is draw conclusions based on what looks good on paper. There’s also the question of just where theater companies are in the planning process. Most theaters have their 2017-2018 seasons in place, but at press time the Living Room, which is dedicated to producing work by local artists, had two shows in place for the fall but nothing to announce for the spring.
In “Ten Things Theaters Need to Do Right Now to Save Themselves,” Brendan Kiley of Seattle’s entertainment newspaper, “The Stranger,” urges theater companies to produce premieres — frequently. Directors must seek them out, he says, playwrights must hasten their submissions, critics must review them consistently and unions should allow equity actors to perform in them.
Setting the Agenda: KC Studio Talks to 8 New Top Players at Area Arts Organizations
Jason Seber starts his first year as assistant conductor for the Kansas City Symphony with a full schedule and an attitude to inspire teamwork and embrace challenges. One of Seber’s earliest musical experiences was watching E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, the very first non-animated movie he’d ever seen in a theater.