Brave New Year

Some of Off-Broadway's leading lights offer up resolutions for 2007

Ken Rus Schmoll, Director (The Internationalist)
Resolutions for Off-Broadway: More festivals like the recent BAIT (Buenos Aires in Translation) at P.S.122—offerings of plays from unexpected countries.
Resolutions for Self: To direct a play by a dead person.

David Herskovits, Director (Faust)
Resolutions for Off-Broadway: The resolution I would like to see us make in theaters everywhere is not to operate from a position of fear—fear of artistic failure, of the unknown, of losing audience or funders, of poor press. Fear of employing an untried talent, of being the first to embrace something new (especially when others may have questioned it), of deploying production practices, schedules, staffing and organizational models outside our zone of comfort.

Fear of letting go of what we know—the comfortable narcotic familiar. All this kills the flourishing creative imagination. We know that and pay lip service to it reli giously, but how often do we really, really let go of our established machinery? And how often do we find ourselves saying no—even in the politest possible way—to impulses only because, really, that's just not how we do things? Say yes!

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