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Friday, July 01, 2005

Berliner Ensemble update

Of all papers, it's fallen to the Daily News to report to us the reappointment of Claus Peymann as head of the Berliner Ensemble. Great glimpse of the differences between American and European models of theatre institutions (what we call "non-profit theatre," or what they call "theatre"). "Money quote":

The city of Berlin has contributed $12.6 million annually to the theater in the past two years. Peymann has consistently filled the theater's seats.
Anyone know how much the city of New York gives in grant money to all its nonprofit theatre companies? I bet it's not 12 million. If anyone out there can prove me wrong, I'll be relieved.

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