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Monday, March 18, 2013

Secrets of an Arts Administrator: Why produce new works?

This week Bossier Arts Council's East Bank Theatre will open an original work titled "Bumped Off".  This production which will run March 21st-23rd and March 28th-30th at 7pm each night was written and directed by local Mat Latz.  This past weekend I found myself explaining to a number of people what we meant by an "original work"

An original work means that this is the first time a script has been performed.  In today's economy it is rare to see a Theatre (community or professional) to produce an "original" work.  Typically when planning a season you try to select at least some shows that will have "name recognition" to draw in an audience.  We do that so that financial loss on a show is somewhat minimized.  However if we do not take the risk to financially backing original works we will not see artistic growth.

Because at the core of our organizations mission is to "develop a culture identity for Bossier Parish" we feel that it is our responsibility to produce original works.  To highlight the culture that is present in our community, to fund it, and to foster it whenever possible.  We hope that you will partner with us in the endeavor by purchasing a ticket for and attending "Bumped Off" over the next two weekends.

This murder mystery comedy is director playwright Mat Latz's homage to film great Mel Brooks.  It is full of surprises and silliness and is a wonderful theatrical experience.  At only $15 a ticket you can have a good time while enjoying the talent of your community.

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