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schedule [Feb. 18th, 2008|10:20 pm]
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Right now I'm working on the AIC schedule for March and April. This is gonna be a tricky one, because there are 31 troupes who want shows, and there's only 35 slots total to distribute. Last time there were 9 weekends, for a total of 45 shows, so it was a might easier. But this time there were only 8 weekends to begin with, and one of those is used up by LAFF (the Ladies Are Funny Festival, which will be awesome, of course).

So the question becomes, as always, who gets multiple shows? Who gets the shaft entirely? Last time, a number of the troupes were quasi side projects, so I felt justified in not scheduling them. This time, though, the lineup is more "real". Those side projects that have returned have proven themselves as being committed, and there are a number of new troupes anxious to hit the ground running.

Then there's the always dicey question of quality. For the benefit of the audience, the troupes, and the community, you want each show to have a group you can really depend on to end the show on a high note. Of course, that's all subjective, and I'm the only arbiter of that. But the fact remains that if you want such a troupe for every show, some groups are going to get more shows than others.


[User Picture]From: ripresa
2008-02-19 06:49 am (UTC)
maybe the AIC should nicely ask Salvage Vanguard theatre and Coldtowne to open up slots for the AIC schedule. Not sure why only the Hideout is available. Especially since a lot of the new troupes recently are Coldtowne graduates... and one day Salvage Vanguard Theatre/Shana's school will churn out lots of graduates..

there's multiple sources of improv graduates... and it's kinda unfair that only the Hideout has to provide show slots and have a deluge of new troupes that may negatively affect audience returning... but otoh, new troupes need a playground to grow and be nurtured it... and what about new troupes that don't graduate from the above schools, the AIC is pretty welcoming to them and give them slots too (which I agree with). I think it takes the entire village to raise a child.

Just my two cents.

Edited at 2008-02-19 06:57 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: fattony
2008-02-19 09:12 am (UTC)
Roy, I trust you'll make the right decisions.

Nadine, the hideout isn't the only one who provides show slots. As far as coldtowne goes, the Cagematch is submission based. So is Thursday night awesome. Stool pigeon has a variety of players who play based on availability. I believe coldtowne and pgraph kinda-sorta share the responsibility of deciding who opens for pgraph.
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[User Picture]From: ripresa
2008-02-19 03:22 pm (UTC)
That's true! I forgot about the Cagematch. Thanks for reminding me! :)
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[User Picture]From: kbadr
2008-02-19 04:00 pm (UTC)
And Coldtowne has reminded me several times that Coldtowne has their "new troupe" show, and I should tell them when Skipfield wants in.

We've just got a lot of troupes. It's a good problem to have, I think.
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[User Picture]From: christrew
2008-02-19 09:57 pm (UTC)
The Hideout chooses to have the AIC book their shows, they don't have to. ColdTowne chooses to book the shows at our theater so that we can give troupes in the family the stage time they need.
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[User Picture]From: zinereem
2008-02-19 10:08 pm (UTC)
Yep, and you do have The Cagematch, which is an AIC show. I could see one day expanding to have a showcase at ColdTowne (late Friday or on an off night), or transitioning the occasional New Kids on the Block Thursday night show to be an AIC managed show, but I don't begrudge you doing what you want with your space.
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[User Picture]From: jefpeanutbutter
2008-02-19 12:09 pm (UTC)
Roy, even though you're dealing with many troupes who want more shows than you can provide, I think it's exciting that our new schedule is bursting at the seams like that. I suspect March and April will be a strong two months in terms of quality. Thank you for all of your work on this.
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[User Picture]From: ms_goose_says
2008-02-19 03:47 pm (UTC)
You have a hard job. But you have been really good at it. Spreading some of the love around makes sense.
Kudos to you.
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[User Picture]From: regularkarate
2008-02-19 06:14 pm (UTC)
Everyone supports you in whatever decision you make and appreciates the fact that you are making the decision... you're a regular James Brown
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