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Risky business


by Anne Bothwell 11 Feb 2008

Charles Santos, Executive Director of TITAS, joins us as a guest blogger.  He’s asking KERA listeners for their thoughts on risky performances and the value of pushing the envelope. But I’d love to hear from some arts organizations as well.  Check out his post below, and weigh in in the comments section.

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Charles Santos, Executive Director of TITAS, joins us as a guest blogger.  He’s asking KERA listeners for their thoughts on risky performances and the value of pushing the envelope. But I’d love to hear from some arts organizations as well. 

Check out his post below, and weigh in in the comments section.

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  • I love risk. I go to the theater to be challenged intellectually. I don’t however find shocking to be particularly challenging. In fact I find it sometimes obscures the artists point and can be self indulgent. Sometimes nudity for instance is necessary and helpful to a plot in a play, as can profanity. It would be hard to imagine seeing Belly of the Beast, like I did at Kitchen Dog Theater without profanity. Mostly, I’d say that ideas are what theater is about, and if they are presented in a novel and creative way, I’m ‘entertained’.

    That said, this is likely to be a challenge for any company, that after all has to be profitable. Sadly I think staying safe is probably a more likely way to stay profitable.