Hello Everyone! It's Wednesday, which means it's time for Off Stage Conversations, where I, Andie Arthur, executive director of the South Florida Theatre League, share some of the highlights of the national and international conversations going on in the field.
Female Playwrights and Stories
Melissa Hillman, Artistic Director of Impact Theatre and author of one of my favorite blog posts ever, asks why do early career women playwrights write passive female characters? It's an interesting question and looks at how we view stories. And the discussion about Chekhov, passivity in narrative, and women's stories has been pretty fascinating on twitter.
TCG has a roundtable discussion on arts entrepreneurs and training them.
More Perspectives on 13P
Samuel French's blog does their own retrospective on 13P featuring the perspectives of playwrights Rob Handel and Madeline George. I've mentioned 13P on the Scene before, but to recap -- thirteen playwrights decided to get together to produce their own work, one play by each playwright, disbanding the company once the goal had been achieved. As someone who fully believes that you need to create the art you want to see in the world, I fully believe in this model. Take the means of production into your own hands.
Secretary of Culture?
The Washington Post writes on the call for a cabinet culture post for Obama's second term.
Guns in Fiction
Playwright Tammy Ryan reflects on guns in her plays in the wake of recent shootings.