Hello Everyone, this is Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League, checking in on the national conversation and how it might affect our little corner of Florida. While many of us were wrapped up in the 24 Hour Theatre Project, a lot of really fascinating discussion happened online – covering topics to really nifty theatrical events, the death of subscriptions, and fighting racism. So this is going to be one of the longer entries in my column.
RETHINKING THE CONSTRAINTS OF THEATRE
LA-based Odyssey Theatre Ensemble is doing a play entirely in the dark.
However, abandoning the proscenium does involve risks and CultureBot has an in-depth article on Punchdrunk Theatre (creators of Sleep No More) and the relationship between audience and artist and commerce.
NEW PLAY DEVELOPMENT – COULD ANGELS IN AMERICA HAPPEN TODAY?
The LA Times has a piece on the 20th Anniversary of Angels in America, asking if a play like that could happen today with the current state of new play development support systems. Isaac Butler weighs into the discussion, noting that until Angels, Kushner’s works were mostly unknown and unliked.
Before any playwrights indulge in cliff jumping – TCG has an uplifting article on what’s happening at the National New Play Network and Travis Bedard shares some creative wisdom on perseverance.
TWO ARTICLES THAT ARE INTENTIONALLY PROVOCATIVE
Six Things Republicans and the Arts Have in Common.
Arts Branding Sucks.
ARE SUBSCRIPTIONS DEAD?
TCG asks that perennial question.
There are a lot of opportunities out there on creative place making. This blog from Ann Markusen gets into the details of how you can evaluate the effectiveness of creative place-making. How can we find the best measurements in a field that is only developing and is mostly intuitive without obvious hard data?
Playwright Ken Ludwig talks about what makes a good mystery play.
A lot of racism in the field is institutional racism, and theatre bloggers across the country asked some provocative questions on how to combat that. Tony Adams of Halycon Theatre asks what would happen if all theatres interviewed at least one non-white candidate for administrative positions. RVCBard asks more detailed questions on how women and people of color are involved in all levels of decision making and discussion about mission. And Danny Bernado addresses issues of color blind casting as an Asian American actor.