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Spark

The Long Run

Demanding performers, soaring costs, and dwindling audiences are just a few of the reasons many performing arts groups never make it past their opening seasons; However, in this episode of Spark meet three impresarios who have beaten the odds. In our first story, long before "Will and Grace" hit network television, Ed Decker was breaking new ground at the New Conservatory Theater Center. Then meet San Francisco Performances's Ruth Felt who has spent a quarter century introducing Bay Area audiences to many of the world's most accomplished musicians. And finally see how persistence has finally paid off for Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

[Original air date: Wed, Mar 23, 2005]

This program is not currently scheduled for broadcast.



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New Conservatory Theatre Center

Long before "Will and Grace," Ed Decker was breaking new ground at the New Conservatory Theatre Center.

San Francisco Performances

Meet San Francisco Performances's Ruth Felt who has been introducing music and dance talent to the Bay Area.

Shotgun Players

See how persistence has finally paid off for Berkeley's Shotgun Players.

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