Monday, August 07, 2006

CONFIRMED: The Rubber Repertory is Illegitimate.

Now that RED CANS has opened, it seems like a good time to share a correspondence we had a few months ago with the manufacturers of the RED CANS.

the players...

------Original Message--------
From: Rubber Repertory []
Sent: Wednesday, November 23, 2005 5:16 PM
To: Jennifer Huff
Subject: Bongo Bags Live on Stage!


My name is Josh Meyer, and I'm an artistic director of the Rubber Repertory Theatre, an award-winning alternative theatre company based in Austin, TX. We're currently developing a family-oriented dance performance entitled RED CANS, and we wanted to see if you would donate 30 Redmon original Bongo Bags (red canvas) to use as props in the show. During early rehearsals, we've found that having dancers walk around while squatting inside Bongo bags creates a very interesting image, and we'd love to explore the possibilities of using a much larger number of Bongos.

Because we operate on an extremely limited budget, any donation you might offer would be greatly appreciated. Aside from the prominent placement of your products on stage, we'd also gladly place an ad for your company in the program of the show, where it would be seen by over one thousand theatregoers of all ages.

Thanks so much for your time,

Josh Meyer
Rubber Repertory Theatre

-----Original Message-----
From: Lori V. Gagnon []
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 10:01 AM
To: Jennifer Huff; Peter Redmon; Sam Redmon; Tracy Ingram
Subject: RE: Bongo Bags Live on Stage!


Let's do this! First, we must be sure it's legitimate.


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Lori V. Gagnon
Vice President
Sales and Marketing

-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Redmon
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 12:02 PM
To: 'Lori V. Gagnon'
Subject: RE: Bongo Bags Live on Stage!

Dear Mr. Meyer,

No one in Austin seems to know who you are. The Chamber of Commerce could not locate you. The Austin Visitors Bureau knows nothing of you. You are not listed in the business pages or under Theaters in the Yellow Pages. The Texas Attorney General does not show you listed. Are you legitimate?

-----Original Message-----
From: Rubber Repertory []
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2005 3:16 PM
To: Peter Redmon
Subject: Bongo Bags Live on Stage!

Dear Mr. Redmon,

I certainly understand why you'd be skeptical after contacting those organizations, but I ensure you we're legitimate. We're a small theatre company that has only been producing since 2001, and in a city with as many other arts organizations as Austin, it takes a little while to become well known. Because we're without a permanent space, we often work by collaborating with more-established companies such as Physical Plant Theatre, Salvage Vanguard Theatre, and the Vortex Repertory Company. If you'd like, I'd be more than happy to provide you with references from any of these groups.

In addition, here are links to newspaper articles that feature one of our recent shows, At Home With Dick. The first is a review. The other two are listings of awards for which the show was nominated and/or won.

Thanks so much for your consideration.


-----Original Message-----
From: Peter Redmon
Sent: Tuesday, November 29, 2005 12:02 PM
To: 'Lori V. Gagnon'
Subject: RE: Bongo Bags Live on Stage!

Thanks for the additional information, but sorry Josh, we cannot grant your request.

Peter R


jooley_ann said...

*speechless* And...*chortling*. But quickly again *speechless*.

This is awesome. Made my day. Thank you *thank you* for sharing. You illegitimate bastards, you. ;)

eliz. s. said...

This post is included in Austinist's best of the blogs for this week.

Bigredbarbie said...

Even if you weren't legitimate..what the hell would want with 30 laundry hampers?

Jess Can said...

I like how he switches from calling you "Mr. Meyer" to saying "sorry Josh..."