New troupe in Marietta?
The board chairman involved in closing Theatre in Square after a 30-year run in March hopes to open a new theater in the downtown Marietta space.
Mike Russell has asked the Marietta City Council for $50,000, drawn from the city’s automobile rental tax that the council provides to cultural groups to promote tourism, to help open Trackside Theatre Company.
The council is expected to make a decision on the request before adopting its 2013 fiscal budget on June 13, the Marietta Daily Journal is reporting.
Marietta Mayor Steve Tumlin told the Daily Journal that he met with Russell and Susan Reid, who would serve as Trackside’s producing artistic director, and that they plan to raise $425,000. Tumlin was characterized as having reservations about their proposal based on Theatre in the Square’s financial collapse.
If funds can be raised, Trackside hopes to launch in October with the children’s play “Diary of a Worm, a Spider & a Fly” followed by “It’s a Wonderful Life” in November.
Some three dozen comments on the Daily Journal online story form a harsh rebuke of the proposal, with some expressing support for Theatre in the Square co-founder Palmer Wells. who said he was not consulted in the Trackside launch.
Trackside does not appear to have a Web page yet, but dissenters have launched a community issues page on Facebook, www.facebook.com/TracksideTheatre. HOWARD POUSNER
NEA chair to speak
A public talk by National Endowment for the Arts chairman Rocco Landesman on May 9 quickly drew so many advance reservations that the site has been moved from the intimate Dad’s Garage Theatre to the Fox Theatre. In the free 10 a.m. talk, aimed at the arts community but open to anyone, Landesman will discuss the link between the arts, employment and the economy and, time permitting, answer audience questions. Advance registration is required by emailing your name, organization and number of people in your group to Jhai James, email@example.com, by the close of business on May 7. 660 Peachtree St., Atlanta. www.gca.georgia.gov. HOWARD POUSNER