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Regional Theaters to Host Tony-Winning Plays

Honors and acclaim have helped to sway executives into realizing that Tony-winning plays can be viewed as reliable seat-fillers. The Times reported Monday that the most produced play around the country for the 2011-12 season will be the John Logan drama, “Red,” which won the 2010 Tony for best play along with five other awards last year. The 2009 Tony winner for best play, Yasmina Reza’s “God of Carnage,” will also be touring. Both are scheduled to have 23 productions at various American theater houses throughout the year.
These two plays appeal to executives also because they will be easy to produce with their relatively low budget costs. “Red” features two characters and a single set while “Carnage” has four main characters and a single set. So, look out Broadway. You may have prestige, but regional theaters are the ones getting the real financial gain according to the New York Times.

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