Tuesday, March 31, 2009

The Drama Drop -

- The New York State Summer School of the Arts, a state-subsidized program that offers training in theater, dance, music and visual arts, may have to cut its budget by as much as half this year because of the state’s budget crisis. Who knew that this would be another casualty of the crap-tastic real estate market? The summer school program has been financed in recent years from the state’s Cultural Education Account, which also finances the New York State Museum, the State Library, the Archives and the Office of Public Broadcasting. The revenue for the Cultural Education Account is generated by fees levied by county clerks’ offices for the filing of title and mortgage records and we all know there aren't many of those records being filed. And FYI, the alumni include several prominent Hollywood figures, including Dan Futterman, Bennett Miller and Philip Seymour Hoffman, who met in the theater program in 1984 and collaborated 20 years later on the film “Capote,” which Mr. Futterman wrote, Mr. Miller directed and in which Mr. Hoffman played the title role.

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