Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Mat Smart tells you why playwrights fail

Uh, I really am trying to post on the blog only once a week, but since last Friday, there's been some wild craziness in the theatre-blogosphere worth bringing to your attention.

Of course, you may already know, but on the howlround.com blog (which you should look at regularly, by the way) published as "The Journal of American Voices New Play Institute", Mat Smart (you may recall his play at the Magic, THE HOPPER COLLECTION, from a few years back), has written a provocative piece on why playwrights fail.

http://www.howlround.com/2011/03/20/the-real-reasons-playwrights-fail-by-mat-smart

You'll find good follow-up and links on Isaac Butler's http://www.parabasis.typepad.com/ - always an excellent source for independent thought on the theatre world (though somewhat/loosely NY-centric).

Then there's this fire-bomb from the Collective Arts Think Tank that says flatly you're not a professional if you're not paid for your art. Which technically is correct, but I wonder it's a little, uh... well, you come to your own conclusions.

http://collectiveartsthinktank.blogspot.com/2011/03/follow-up-letter-to-field-small-steps.html

Read 'em. And weep.

Pictures below for color.










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