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Monday Morning Roundup
by Stephen Becker 12 Jul 2010

Today in the roundup: Tough times in the Richardson Symphony, a new theater group in Fair Park and the decline of American creativity.


THE WOES OF THE RSO: Back in May, we clued you into a rather embarrassing situation with the Richardson Symphony Orchestra. After musicians complained about not being paid, music director Anshel Brusilow dressed them down pretty good in a rehearsal. (The audio is worth a listen.) Sadly, the situation has not improved between the RSO and the union that represents the musicians. There’s even a chance the players could be replaced by college musicians for the 2010-11 season. Scott Cantrell details the nasty back and forth on dallasnews.com.

WELCOME ABOARD: The Magnolia Lounge in Fair Park has a new resident theater company – Nouveau 47 Theatre. The group will focus on new works from up-and-coming writers. Theaterjones.com talks to the group’s founders and connects the dots between the new company and the Margo Jones-led outfit that once occupied the space.

THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX: Are you feeling less creative these days? You’re not a lone. According to Newsweek, American creativity is on the decline. Turns out there’s actually a way to measure creativity. And the scores are headed south. Fortunately that trend can be reversed – all we have to do is rewire our brains. Sound complicated? It is. But it’s a pretty fascinating read.