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  1. jcjc02-25-2010

    If tax incentives aren’t enough, you’re correct that protesting/civil disobedience/shaming the powers that be into a response, seems like the only response. The real question is, do we care enough? Civil disobedience worked for Ghandi and MLK because they had a great CARE driving their movement. Do we? I’m afraid people only care when they have to. Perhaps things are going to have to get much worse for anyone to be driven to do anything…

  2. Alaina FeehanAlaina Feehan02-25-2010

    While I agree with you, there is nothing really constructive about “coulda, woulda, shoulda’s”. What do we do now? Now, we rage. Now we form the human chains. Too little, too late? Perhaps, but I can understand not wanting to rock the boat when negotiating with a landlord. I’m not speaking for the Ohio, but through some personal experiences of my own, you think it is best to play nicely and try to come to an amicable agreement. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t.

    This news is horrible. I feel like my heart has gotten ripped out of my chest. I’ve got my torch ready.

  3. vsvs02-26-2010

    “naval gazing”. Are referring to the rehearsal and running of offoff broadway runs? Are you referring to the theatre that you report on?

    Perhaps before pointing the finger at the failure of off-off broadway theatre companies – who work day jobs, night jobs, rehearse and produce new work on a shoe string to provide the creative base for aNYC cultural eco system – for their failure to “collectively save the Ohio” – maybe you should take a look at yourself. As a Board member of the League of Independent Theater, where was your advocacy? Your twitter feeds and petitions. Are you currently producing your own work? Is that why you and LIT were too busy to help prevent this?

    Its very difficult to be an Artist and an Administrator – so one would think the administrators would stand up and be advocates – instead of critics of the people the claim to support.

  4. vs - with out typos!vs - with out typos!02-26-2010

    “naval gazing”. Are you referring to the rehearsal and running of offoff broadway runs? Are you referring to the theatre that you report on?

    Perhaps before pointing the finger at the failure of off-off broadway theatre companies – who work day jobs, night jobs, rehearse and produce new work on a shoe string to provide the creative base for a NYC cultural eco system – for their failure to “collectively save the Ohio” – maybe you should take a look at yourself. As a Board member of the League of Independent Theater, where was your advocacy? Your twitter feeds and petitions. Are you currently producing your own work? Is that why you and LIT were too busy to help prevent this?

    Its very difficult to be an Artist and an Administrator – so one would think the administrators would stand up and be advocates – instead of critics of the people they claim to support.

    • LeonardLeonard02-26-2010

      My point, VS, is that we all must share collective responsibility. I didn’t say I was in any way exonerating myself. And no, I’m not producing my own work currently, but I have in the past and I probably will in the future. I also have to be honest: I find the excuse “I was too busy doing my own work” to be lame and pathetic and counterproductive. And again, that’s goes for all of us. Indeed, the excuse is actually the following: “I was too busy doing my own work to give a damn about my community.” So when bad things happen and everyone moans, everyone is at fault. You’re welcome to disagree, but that’s my view.

  5. tsts02-26-2010

    Thank you for writing this. Its true. We must come together to protect our spaces. Thank you for the work you do – its so important. I look forward to being being more involved and though losing the Ohio is so sad,hopefully it being a lamb to sacrifice will prevent other spaces from closing. I look forward to being part of any actions moving forward to mobilize. Again, thank you for the work you do, I love the CF Report. And thank you for keeping us informed!