||[Feb. 18th, 2008|10:20 pm]
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.