After posting a link to actor Gabriel Byrne's comments on us.imdb.com about the state of theatre and theatregoers, and reading responses from readers of this blog, I wanted to share other people's published points of view about whether theatre is dying. If you find other writings that defy the theory that theatre is dead, please pass them along and they'll be linked to a future blog post.
This first entry comes from The Next Stage: A Magazine About Talking About New Theatre. The article is titled "Theatre is Dead, Long Live Theatre."
Simon, the author, writes, "If we get behind each other, communicate with each other, and support each other, it will cast a net over the entire city (Vancouver, British Columbia) that will create such a buzz that everyone will want to know what all the fuss is about. That’s how this city works, it’s fueled by trends. From Critical Mass to pole-dance classes, cool experience spreads virally here when people start talking about it. The groundwork has been laid for theatre to be Vancouver’s next big trend, it just needs us to push it out of the darkness and into the light, and it will stay there, it’s theatre for crying out loud, the greatest communion of humankind to its universe that’s ever existed. It’s bigger than my company, or your company, it’s necessary, in a way that no other form of art is. It gets us talking. Let’s start by talking amongst ourselves."
You can read the entire article here.