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May 08, 2007

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Meg

I wonder how many members of House will be invited to attend. I am willing to bet they ask House to send 2 representatives.

My memories of House are: hot, sort of scary, and sweaty.

RebeccaZ

Hi, Kris -

I found your blog through Don Hall's and know a little about this award because GreyZelda was lucky enough to get nominated. The process was: Theatre company gets nominated. Theatre company then submits information for consideration including budget, goals, mission, marketing and what the company would do if selected for the award. Once we submitted our info, the League singled it down from 15 submittals to eight theatre companies and League members were able to submit votes for who they thought should win. Here's the Final Eight list:
BARREL OF MONKEYS
COLLABORACTION
SILK ROAD THEATRE PROJECT
THE GIFT THEATRE
THE HOUSE THEATRE OF CHICAGO
THE HYPOCRITES
THE UTOPIAN THEATRE ASYLUM (T.U.T.A.)
TIMELINE THEATRE COMPANY.

I shrugged my shoulders and said, "I bet the House or the Hypocrites will get it," after dropping off our packet to the League. I wish I had placed a bet on that one.

It's a first time award and they want the press of the House attached to the award, I would think. That's just my two cents. But, yes, there were other theatre companies that could have really used the award and such an award would have given any smaller company a huge boost. Allowing them to "emerge" if you will.

Kris Vire

Thanks for sharing, Rebecca. It's an interesting list in that, with all of the time I spend with companies in their first few years of existence, I think of all eight of these as well established more than "emerging." Barrel of Monkeys, the Hypocrites and TimeLine each just barely qualifies as "less than ten years old" (and T.U.T.A. does so only with some fudging). Still, they're all quite worthy candidates.

Mike

This makes me think of the Barrymore Awards here in Philadelphia - especially the F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Theatre Artist. I'm not sure if that's exactly what it's called, but I know the word "emerging" is definitely in the title, and that's the important part.

It's important, because I have yet to see the award go to someone who is actually "emerging." Most of the recipients have been theatre artists in their late 20s/early 30s who don't need to attend auditions or submit their resumes anymore, because they can pretty much live comfortably off of the theatre gigs that are handed to them all year round. I'm not saying the winners lack talent, because they have all been pretty talented people thus far, but I have to question their "emerging" status.

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