A League of Their Own

For mature audience education, a "Stages of the Sun" map -- supervised by Nancy Reichbach and designed by Brian Won Wong (volunteering his services through the American Institute of Graphic Artists) -- shows each theater location with names and contact numbers listed and hopefully will become a standard desk-topper in hotels, restaurants, publications, kiosks, airports, and other tourist magnets.

To educate the League itself, Whaley mentioned round-table discussions on such topics as grant writing, public relations, theater for the physically challenged, and school touring programs. Some of the smaller venues lack the staff and resources to explore all viable avenues; in this case the larger theater acts as a big brother/sister.

While veteran Miami producer Steinman warns the League not to bite off too much at first and then collapse after a string of numerous disappointments, he also feels that "if we're going to commit to this, let's do it." With the data bank almost in place, the League newsletter ongoing, the meetings standing-room-only, and a group benefit planned for October 15-18, 1992, in conjunction with Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, TLSF promises a more focused and community-connected future for the region's thespians.

If the Soviets and Germans can break down walls, so can the old guard here. It'll make my job more rewarding, and your ticket prices more worthwhile. Anyone interested in joining, helping, or just learning about TLSF, contact Rem Cabrera at the Cultural Affairs Council, 111 NW First Street, Miami, 33128, or call 375-5019 (fax: 375-3068).

Next time I take a break, I'll discuss the million-dollar question: What is a repertory theater, and why doesn't South Florida have one? Potentially more outrageous than the muchissimo bucks about to be sunk into another Performing Arts Center, is the idea that a theater rep company (less expensive to launch than a symphony, ballet, or opera) has no place in Miami's future civic plans. If you have any thoughts or information, write. From the British, those folks who inhale and exhale theater, I've learned that critics do more than praise or attack. They actually work for/with the arts, especially when their readership wants positive change. Do you?

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