Rocco Landesman
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"Rocco Landesman" has been a long-time Broadway theatre theatrical producer/producer. He served as chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts ("NEA") from August 2009 to December 2012. The NEA is a public agency of the Federal Government with an annual budget ($155 million for 2009) that is directed into grants to support excellence in the arts, bring arts to all Americans and provide leadership in arts education. He is part owner of Jujamcyn Theaters, but he was a passive owner while serving in Washington.

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We have put up something that will never close.

Producing is a terrible business. The rewards are lousy. Only 15-20 percent of shows recoup their investment, just as 15-20 percent of horses pay for their oats.

Jed Bernstein leaves a completely different League than he found when he took this job 10 years ago, ... The transformation he has engineered is truly remarkable. What we now know as the Broadway Brand, with its numerous new programs, sponsorships, and greatly expanded public profile, is largely Jed's creation. We will miss him.

What's happening here now is we've put up something that will never close. The name of August Wilson is written in stone forever.

He's one of the most important American playwrights ever.

But that doesn't mean I want to see plays about it. A Broadway audience comes for entertainment, not to be lectured.

One of the most important American playwrights ever. I think his work is going to speak to generation after generation of theatergoers.

The marquee is going to survive August, ... And it is going to survive me.