"...each is, in its way, elitist: Broadway show reach thousands of people, but at astronomical ticket prices. 'Alternative' theater downton is cheaper but rarely reaches audiences who haven't spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on the expensive liberal-arts educations needed to appreciate its ironic stances. Then, too, the juxtaposition of 'high' and 'low' art is itself an inherited - perhaps, by now, subconscious - postmodern aesthetic strategy, once a way to demolish cultural barriers but now more or less a common denominator of downtown performance."
Felton-Dansky has wonderfully hit upon the conundrum of arts in this country. And although she is talking about New York, we can easily see the same divisions here in Chicago.
So the question remains how do we make theater accessible to all while not playing to the lowest common-denominator and keeping the ticket prices affordable? And this answer is not all about the material being performed on-stage. Some of this question is marketing, mission and key messages as well.
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)