I was reading on Artsjournal.com the other day about Stolen Chair Theatre’s model of new play development based on community farming and I was intrigued. This morning I was reading some discussions taking place in our community about spaces and I started wondering if there isn’t something there in the Stolen Chair Theatre’s model that we could apply to theatre spaces. What if we created condo/coop type theatres? For some people renting space is what they want and need and the spaces in Chicago that rent to small theatres are invaluable to all of us. But, lots of companies yearn for their own space where they can create a community and have a place that their audiences recognize as their own. Maybe four theatres could buy a building? That way each company is only burdened with the extra expense and staffing of one quarter of a building. The onus is not on any one company to rent the space, all expenses are shared equally and space is allocated equally. And when the time comes, a company could sell their share to another company. Collaboration is always super hard, but the reward can be well worth the effort. It would take lots of lawyers and a fairly substantial initial investment. Do I hear four volunteers?