Cricket's Notebook Tuesday, 16 November, 2004 2:19 a m: "A Great Year!"

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Friday - New Year's Eve, 31 December, 2004 6:21 a pm:
All I want for Xmas is....!

Friday, 31 December '04
K. Kringle (a k a St. Nicholas, Santa Claus, Father Xmas)
The North Pole
Planet Earth

Dear Santa
As a militant Atheist, I must admit I have outgrown any faith I may have had in the reality of any of the myths surrounding the 25th of December.
You know I know you don't exist.
But back when I thought you did, the rite of penning a Wish-List did, indeed, tip off the people who actually Were in charge of making Xmas Presents into reality as to what I felt lacking in my life. And so I'm using this quaint hold-over from my distant youth to alert the world about my needs and wants. These are the things I want to find, metaphorically, under my tree on the morning of 25 December, 2005:

I'd like The Gaiety Theatre re-opened; but, if that turns out to be unrealistic, I want the current home of the Institute of Contemporary Art guaranteed as a space used for Artistic Endeavors ONLY.
And I want the ICA THEATRE renovated and re-opened as a theatrical rental-space open fifty-two week-ends a year.
Here's one way it could be done:

I want StageSource to Give us something, instead of just Selling us things.
Specifically, I want them to initiate and then maintain the only COMPLETE and ACCURATE list of plays performed each week in the six New England States. Since for quite a number of years I did this myself, I know it's possible and it's not really very expensive. Here's how to do it and why it would be a great idea:

I want a person paid to promote Boston, nationwide and worldwide, as "Theater City USA!"
1. See to it that all major theatrical events here are publicized, not only to the people outside Boston who might become tourists, but to the people Inside Boston who don't know the riches available to them.
2. Call one local theater company every working day and ask "How can I help you with promotion or advertising?" 3. Expedite, and if possible, Broker print, radio, and/or television advertising --- with an emphasis on Group Ads for cheaper rates.

I want another person paid to call a different company each working day to ask "How can I help you with any Funding Grants?"
Many small companies haven't the time, money, or manpower to investigate even the Possibility of finding funding, and would welcome advice on the subject from an informed, interested, helpful expert.

Love,
===Anon.


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