Former New York Post theatre critic Elisabeth Vincentelli recently reviewed my Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York in American Theatre. “How to Fight for Arts Funding? Lessons from NYC’s Lean Years” begins with this way:
“As we enter a period of uncertainty, to put it mildly, one of the areas most at risk is the federal funding of arts and culture. It’s no surprise to hear that the social conservatives and free-market extremists now in power are already making noises about implementing their long-held dream to eradicate the NEA and PBS.
What happens, then, when the faucet is turned off? What are the priorities, how do funds get allocated, and to whom?
Our current predicament makes Hillary Miller’s Drop Dead: Performance in Crisis, 1970s New York an especially fascinating read.”