Home Theater Festival

Don Hall has a nice long post about just how ridiculously expensive it is for small companies to mount a show. But it’s not about complaining; instead, it’s about highlighting something that’s got him excited: home theater, similar to pop-up restaurants in private homes. He points to Philip Huang’s Home Theater Movement Manifesto:

* We believe that the acceptable way of making and presenting work—by doing a residency or getting a grant or some other shit—is lame.

* We believe that arts organizations and institutions have sold us a crock of shit: that artists need them to achieve legitimacy, reach audiences, make money, blah blah blah.

* We believe that too many artists have bought this crock of shit and we’re still starving, still struggling.

* We believe that arts institutions have created a welfare state that keeps artists in a state of dependency for resources and opportunities.

* We believe we can and must do everything for ourselves—and give ourselves everything—that institutions promise.

* We believe that work presented in homes and on the streets is awesome and legit.

* We believe we can legitimize ourselves.

* We believe that we can and must have direct relationships with our audiences, our work, and our means, without conduits, just like we can have direct relationships with God without the fucking Church.

The full manifesto is on the Home Theater Festival page; the full Don Hall post is here.

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