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Comment Archives: stories: Arts

Re: “The death of CAST

Lots of background missing here. The board had a legal duty to do what is best in the long term interest not what Mr. Simmons and others (who could have stepped up with donations) want to do in the short term. Sad story that CAST closed but not giving the full story here. As always, people love to trash the board because they fail to understand that role. Serve as an arts board member and see if you still feel the same way!

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Posted by AnArtsBoardMember on 08/01/2014 at 2:48 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Thank you for this grand explanation of a preventable cultural tragedy for Charlotte. What a clusterf**k. My heart goes out to Michael Simmons. My sympathy's saved for the rest of us who loved CAST.

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Posted by Refer Agens on 07/30/2014 at 12:49 AM

Re: “The death of CAST

Let me see if I am following these dates correctly: The board announced on June 6 that it was closing on June 30. "NoDa's two pre-eminent theater producers," Mr. Simmons (who already knew the fate of his theatre) and Mr. Ford met on June 4 to discuss rental options, and Mr. Simmons was "planning to sound Ford on the possibility of a partnership or a merger."

So this idiot band of board members didn't send up an SOS flare before announcing the closure? That was dumb. But with nearly a month to act, why didn't the "hundreds" of shocked actors, designers, directors, donors and fans, including Mr. Ford at the ready with a lifeline, rise up to kick out this lousy "rogue board of directors"? Board takeovers happen all the time. The Light Factory here in Charlotte and the San Diego Opera mentioned above are two great examples. Bring in fresh blood and money. If CAST really matters to the community, where are those ardent , passionate fans to save CAST? Or perhaps they don't care THAT much…???

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Posted by TheatreFan on 07/25/2014 at 2:59 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Fantastic story, Perry, as usual. What a damned shame, to put it mildly. One question: why didn't you pose for the Yorick skull photo? ;-)

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Posted by John Grooms on 07/24/2014 at 12:02 PM

Re: “The death of CAST

Just a few months ago, the board of San Diego Opera did the same thing: with no warning, they voted to dissolve the company.*

But that made news nationally, and there was a backlash both within San Diego and beyond. After a lot of drama (including the replacement of the board chair), the decision to close was reversed and the company was saved (at least for the time being).

Any chance something like that could happen with CAST?



*The difference: in San Diego, the company's longtime head, who was evidently ready to retire, was in favor of shutting the opera company down. It may well have been his idea. And while San Diego Opera isn't gone, he is,/i>, and he pretty much blew what had been a rather good reputation in the process.

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Posted by MWnyc on 07/24/2014 at 6:08 AM

Re: “Book review: Natchez Burning

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Posted by Refer Agens on 07/05/2014 at 4:29 AM

Re: “The odiousness of local theater's boards of directors

Odiousness indeed.

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Re: “Theater review: Passing Strange

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Re: “The golden age of gaming

Yes, it's me. Not sure how you know who I am. :) Re: being put into mass production after PONG, that's certainly true but your article specifically states development was tied to the home PONG earnings. While they certainly helped the company, Atari was chiefly a coin-op company and the earnings from coin are what drove anything financially at the company in that period - until Warner (with it's deep pockets" bought it during the Summer of '76.

Posted by Marty Goldberg on 06/19/2014 at 11:03 AM

Re: “Poetry in plain sight

Love this!!! I used to co-host a kids poetry club in MA before we moved here. Such a beautiful idea!!

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Posted by Sarah Klapprodt on 06/18/2014 at 3:21 PM

Re: “The golden age of gaming

And also, is this *the* Marty Goldberg? Founder of the Electronic Entertainment Museum? Thanks for reading!

Posted by Adam Frazier on 06/18/2014 at 1:57 PM

Re: “The golden age of gaming

Yes, the 2600 was in development before Pong but it wasn't put into mass production until Pong became a mega success. As for Famicon, yes technically it was in production 'til 2003 in Japan but the NES was discontinued in the US in 1995.

Posted by Adam Frazier on 06/18/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “The golden age of gaming

Actually the 2600 was in development before PONG even hit store shelves. And the 2600 was not the longest lifespan console. Support for the 2600 was cancelled on Jan 1, 1992. Nintendo's Famicom (released here as the NES) was in production from 1983 to 2003.

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Re: “South Park game only for those not easily offended

Think you could put a few more spoilers in there?

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Re: “Alternative arts take the stage in NoDa

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Re: “Theater review: Other Desert Cities

Mr. Tannenbaum is correct, there were some omissions in the opening night program, which we've now corrected. I just wanted to make sure they get their due here. The set was designed by our very own artistic director, Chip Decker, who also took on work of sound designer. Hallie Gray rocked out the lighting design! And our very own Carrie Cranford took on Set Dressing, Props and Costuming.

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