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!
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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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…???
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? ;-)
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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And also, is this *the* Marty Goldberg? Founder of the Electronic Entertainment Museum? Thanks for reading!
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.
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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Think you could put a few more spoilers in there?
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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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