Slings, Arrows, etc.

Ah. Aflutter goes the theatre universe, especially its playwrights, now that “Outrageous Fortune: the Life and Times of the New American Play” has finally been published. This is an in-depth study on the state of American playwrights, theatres, and the issues between the two, and it’s pretty much required reading for playwrights, artistic directors, literary managers, and other theatre artists interested in new work who want to get a feel for what it’s really like out there these days (spoiler: it blows).

Some preliminary findings were presented at the TGC conference last summer, but the whole study is now available from the Theatre Development Fund. However, if you haven’t snagged a copy or can’t afford it, a number of theatre bloggers are dissecting the thing, particularly a dedicated group over at Parabasis.

If you know a playwright, talk her or him off the ledge and give this book as a belated holiday present. Then nail shut the window.


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