Here's my first attempt at this article. it's both too short and too long for my tastes. Enjoy! Feel free to tear me a new one if I deserve it. I'd like to hear suggestions for more plays / themes / characters that deserve more productions in the cities. http://www.artsjunkietc.com/2014/03/roasting-those-old-chestnuts/
While I won't begrudge anyone that wants to do Shakes/Chekhov/Ibsen/Miller/Williams/O'Neill or the Great American Musicals, I'm interested to hear about new and/or underappreciated work that tells those kind of stories from a different perspective.
"Universal" stories don't really exist - I think the universal part is the audience reaction to unique, personal or specific stories told well. A lot of the plays that have been called "universal" in the past were the perspective of the majority (white dudes, Greek dudes). So "universal" was code for stories from privilege. In an equitable world, universal stories would be from everyone; not just Hamlet, Wily Loman, and Oedipus... Hmm, maybe I should have put that in the article too. I need an editor!Sidebar
- anyone interested in writing a guest post, either as a response to this article, or as a separate piece on TC theater and the issues of diversity and show selection, let me know, I'm interested!