NYSTI loses funding
Because NYSTI has not been included in Governor David Paterson's budget extender bill request he sent to the legislature, funds will stop flowing to the Troy-based theater company on June 9. I suppose the company could continue to function past Wednesday if the staff is willing to work without pay. However, that noble gesture can go on only so long.
NYSTI is currently producing a play, "Alice in Wonderland," at the Russell Sage Little Theater using interns and students from Sage College, and that certainly complicates things, especially since tickets have been sold to school groups. However, since there is little payroll involved for actors and box office receipts should cover production costs, this doesn't appear to be a major crisis.
If this happened in January it would be a different story. The "real" season would be in progress, schools would have booked field trips in advance and expenses would have been generated. The more people hurt means more support for NYSTI.
Staying low-key has hurt the new NYSTI management. As far as I know NYSTI hasn't announced a 2010-2011 season and that's a mistake. It puts NYSTI supporters in a position of defending history, not the future. And that history comes with the baggage left by Patricia Snyder who was tainted by a negative IG report listing many abuses of power.
If NYSTI wants to fight for survival they need to be about the future. That means creating a season as different as possible from what might have been on the schedule were Snyder still running the organization. They need to establish themselves as a new NYSTI without losing the valuable assets of the old NYSTI.
I am afraid it's too late. The powers-that-be want NYSTI gone. It seems clear if you just can't fight City Hall or the State - you certainly can't fight the Powers-That-Be.