This Warped Tour experience was so much less warped than mine. When I worked the event in '05 or '06, a 15-year-old kid showed me how he had permanently fractured his iris by stabbing himself in the eyeball. The act was inspired by a wish to look more like Marilyn Manson...but I could tell he already regretted it. Kid, if you were trying to haunt me for life, well done.
"...cyclists came out of their shells, YELLING AT DRIVERS..."
Brian, I apologize for making you wait 20-odd words for my first cynical twist.
"Contrarianism or confidence" could've been worded better—Oh! And it WAS! As "contrarianism or coincidence." But had I said "confidence," you sure would've put my unearned 12-year-old hubris in check!
An "exposé" seems to imply some sort of conspiracy. Whom do you imagine are the perpetrators and the beneficiaries of a secret plot to start new theater companies? (Especially out around 82nd Avenue, where up to now "lingerie modeling" had been the main theatrical competition?)
I definitely see Boice as a polarizing figure whom people would be inclined to give undue credit—and flack—based on just his image. I tried to reflect that humorously in my writing because I think it's a big part of people's first impression of the guy. But I wouldn't have profiled him if I didn't think he was doing decent work. I do agree that for most artistic directors it might be weird to take a starring role, but there's an exception to every rule.
As long as you're speculating, can I posit a theory about your beef? I'm going to guess that a project/person you love is feeling sidelined by some of the new theater companies, and I don't know what to tell you. Send press releases, do good work, and try not to hate. There's no New Theater Company Conspiracy.
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