Is most definitely Gus' call for an indie theatre repertory. Gus is one of the smartest and most creative thinkers in independent theatre right now, and this idea is no exception. Really, go over there and check it out. Here's a taste:
An Indie Theatre Repertory company: the best of indie theatre given a longer life through production in repertory.
Imagine a theatre where in one week you could see productions of Universal Robots, MilkMilkLemondae, Fight Girl Battle World and Infectious Opportunity. Where a production of Pretty Theft in the afternoon could be followed by Artifacts Of Consequence in the evening. Where all of the artists are getting paid an amount worth their initial investment.
The structural model could be like the FringeNYC Encore series in miniature. A 7:00 weekday showtime of one production would allow you a 9:00 performance of another, with three show days on the weekend (similar to our Trilogy production schedule, only a little more so). A production could see anywhere from 3-5 shows a week. As one show in rep was ready to end, a new show would be brought in to keep the rep fresh.
The challenges are obvious: difficult change overs, diminished design elements, and yes, union contracts.