Cover Capital Region theater.
  • Petitioned Shawn Stone

This petition was delivered to:

Metroland Arts Editor
Shawn Stone
Metroland Associate Publisher
Lisa Whalen
Metroland Sales Coordinator
Annabel Taylor
Maetroland Marketing Coordinator
Liza Rucinski
Metroland writer
B.A. Nilsson
Metroland Principle Theater Reviewer
James Yeara
Metroland Editor & Publisher
Stephen Leon
Metroland Senior Account Executive
Theodore M. Etoll

Cover Capital Region theater.

    1. Patrick  White
    2. Petition by

      Patrick White

      Albany, NY

In 2010 Metroland, The Capital Region's Alternative Newsweekly reviewed 9 Capital Region theater productions. In 2011, they reviewed 15. So far this year they have reviewed 2.

What have they missed so far this year? "Shrek" at Proctors, "Next Fall" and "Lend Me a Tenor" at Curtain Call, "Company" at Class Act, "The Ives Have It" at Schenectady Civic, "Baby" at Schenectady Light Opera, "The Last Five Years" at Caffe Lena, "The Pirates of Penzance" at Cohoes Music Hall, "Rumors" at Albany Civic, "And Then There Were None at Home Made and "Much Ado..." at Theatre Institute at Sage.
None of these were reviewed. Some were given what Shawn Stone, Arts Editor calls a preview. 2 or 3 paragraphs, no interviews, sometimes a picture, really a long blurb.
Professional, community, school or 99% of the time a combinations of all three, the theater work is here, growing and praised by the Troy Record, the Daily Gazette and the Times-Union.

So, why do we need Metroland's coverage? Because they are The Capital Region's Alternative Newsweekly, modelled after the Village Voice where theater is so vital the Obies were founded less than a year after the Voice went to press. Because we need their dissenting voice, their faux superior disdain, their attention, their conversion, their respect. Because they need to do their job to serve the community, their advertisers, their readers and their own self-respect. Because in an increasingly more challenging environment for the arts we cannot let a single resource go wasted, as damaged and recalcitrant as it may be.

Because an alternative newsweekly covers theater and we need the Capital Region's, Metroland to cover Capital Region theater.

Recent signatures


    1. 3/8 "Jersey Boys" first show in Scenectady County to be reviewed this year.

      Patrick  White
      Petition Organizer

      When's the last time you saw a review for Schenectady Civic Players, Schenectady Light Opera, Classic Theatre Guild, Our Own Productions, Mopco or a story on Scenectady arts in Metroland? One article last year about SLOC's move. The John Sayles High School, Schenectady Theatre for Children or does the cultural corridor on State Street only refer to union shows on State Street not shows at Union. Tell your friends to sign the petition to advocate for arts coverage in all of Scenectady.
      Make all the restaurants and bars that are enjoying the "Jersey" bounce aware that the arts are year round and Metroland could be driving those customers to you with theater coverage of all your city has going on.

    2. 3/1 issue No review, no preview. 347 signatures and no response.

      Patrick  White
      Petition Organizer

      Imagine a resource which had a circulation of 100,000 that could promote, encourage and celebrate the theatrical arts in the Capital Region. Wouldn't that be great? Like us at Cover Theater. Follow us @CoverTheater

    3. Reached 250 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Abena Okyere ALBANY, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Because the Metroland is a major source of news and info to the Capital Region, and there is a lot of awesome theater that goes on in this area.

    • sandy mcknight HUDSON, NY
      • over 2 years ago


    • Mary Obrien PITTSFIELD, MA, MA
      • over 2 years ago

      When you do not review theater events, you lessen the opportunity for the public to take notice and to attend.

    • Lauri Smith CLIFTON PARK, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      I have close friends in the Arts. PLEASE don't let us miss out!

    • Keith Mueller ATHENS, NY
      • over 2 years ago

      Live theater is like no other art form -- for both performers and audience. Most people still don't go, but regular and extensive coverage by Metroland will be an informative encouragement to the minority who do and a vital reminder to the majority who don't know what they are missing.


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