By William Glover NEW YORK -iÂ«- Have show, will -travel. That's part of a new mutual help plan being cautiously .tried by leading drama troupes throughout the country. So far, they like it. In recent weeks, Phoenix, Ariz., audiences sampled New York's Lincoln Center company. Louisville, Ky., actors v i s i t e d Washington. Providence, Rl, troupers emoted in Cincinnati, Ohio. "We couldn't have done, anything like this a couple of years ago," asserts Adrain Hall, a ringleader of harmonious collaboration. "A new attitude is 'developing a m o n g regional theaters. I don't know if fear of extinction has become so great that we've got to talk and work together--but it can be tremendously important." Exchange of complete productions is just one aspect of the togetherness trend. "There are cfozens of ways this can develop," says another activist. Because of the spontaneous way in which it began, and a wary aversion to further formal rigidity in proclaiming cultural endeavor, everyone involved.stress- es the impromptu nature of what's being done. The project doesn't even have a name. WALNUT GROVE ( D R I V E IN T H E A T R E ) R o u t e 3 5 w.ndpld Regiptnal theater troups exchanging complete productions "The legend of NIGGER CHARLEY" See at 1:35, 3:35 5:40,7:45,9:50 The Picture AH Charleston it Talking About, ll's fun for the entire family! A PtTtft $OGtaHoViC-H r-fcopUcTioi TECHNICOLORÂ®- From Warner Bros A Warner Communicalions Company Theater and the Providence troupe. The tour was possible because the New York 'State Arts Council underwrote an initial college audience circuit. The results of the 12- month test are being gathered by the Theater Communications Group, a foundation-funded agency which for several years has primarily offered regonal theaters casting and staff employment facilities. The collective mood is to work affirmatively but cautiously toward additional areas of cooperation. Significantly the undertaking is from the grass-roots up, without the philanthropic impetus that previously triggered the national trend toward theatrical decentralization. TCG involvement came after the venture was launched. "Something is really happening--if we don't find out at the end of the a year that we've fallen flat on our faces," declares Hall. "This could very well become the national theater everyone keeps t a l k i n g about. "It seems to me that that is something that cannot be handed down from the top. We understand the New York attitude of desiring to be the pacesetter, but circumstances are changing. "The pace is being set now by Minneapolis, San Francisco, Houston, "Providence and a dozen other places." ROBINSON THEATER (Formerly Cuiler Theatre) 305 W. Wah. St. h. 342-943* Featuring Only Family Type Movies 2 SNOWS Â·KHTIT-7: 1 5 4 t:QO P.M. NOW SHOWING TheYtar'ttfl tettSelltr "LOVE STORY" STARRING Â· All MacGRAW ffifi TAN O'NEAL Sixteen professional companies are taking part, seven thus far have either gone travelling or hosted. The project grew out of a spring showcase of several visiting casts at Cincinnati's Playhouse in the Park. Success at the boxoffice and artisic satisfaction among the participants suggested further, expanded joint effort. Hall, director of the Trinity Square Repertory of Providence, broadcast an invitation to discussion. Representatives arrived from such far thespic ramparts as Seattle, Milwaukee, Los Angeles f Minneapolis, Cleveland, Baltimore and New Haven . "The upshot," summarizes Hall, "was that we gave ourselves a year in which to test increased ways of helping each other. In the past there's always been a tendency for every group to function through the New York establishment as a clearing house. Previously we never asked each other about such things as production costs or script clearances." "What we are seeking now are one-to-one exchanges, closing up the places where costs can get between us." Among the envisioned advantages are: breakdown of regional theater isolation; extended employment; longer seasons for professional companies; and a chance for playwrights to get wider exposure of new works. Word Baker, head of the Cincinnati residency, stresses both the "total flexibility" of the Informal setup, and the value of travel as a prestige--and therefore, income--booster. "Theatergoers in the city 'Have shoic, mil travel.' visited have the advantage of seeing increased dramatic variety," items Baker,, "while subscribers back home develop increased appreciation of their company because it has been invited elsewhere." In dollars-cents terms, a factor haunting every budget-pressed organization, Baker has found importation of an already complete production costs about two- thirds of what a full local presentation would because such expensive items as scenery and costumes are part of the package. Jules Irving, head of the Lincoln . Center repertory, reports the results of a relevant 13-week itinerary during which a variety of road booking methods were tests. Stops included a guest stopover at the Studio Arena, Buffalo, New York's res- commercial stand in Philadelphia summer s t o c k t h e a t e r engagement at Olney, Md.; and swing west for festival at Phoenix. Also participating in the last event were San Francisco's A m e r i c a n Conservatory OPEN t P. N.-SHOWINC 1:30 MATINEES SAT. 1:30- SUN. 1:30 ( 5 P M BIUYJACK CAJPITOI. 3RD BIG WEEK FEATURE TIMES 2:00-3:36-5:34 7:32-9:30 STATE VILLAGE II jwftt loeklnf for trouble ...... he's JOE K1DD. 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