Like the business leaders and legislators who promote Wal-Mart as an economic engine, theater artists and educators who continue to promote this system are contributing to the homogenization of the American theater.
Looking at the facts, exactly where does Landesman see too many theaters? Everywhere in the U.S.? I live in Bakersville, N.C. (pop. 357), and I haven't noticed the place crawling with actors and directors.
Sixteen years ago, Santa Fe had a vision to establish a contemporary art museum with the focus of bringing contemporary art to the city with an accompanying biennial. In 2008, Denver decided to join the biennial craze.
We in the theatre have known for a long, long time that the show must go on. I'd venture to say that there's only one man in Washington who knows this in his bones -- National Endowment for the Arts chair, Rocco Landesman.