Wednesday, October 01, 2008

Town Hall Meeting to Address the Paucity of Productions of Plays By Women

This just came across the transom (see below). I could make a snarky comment a la Theresa Rebeck's snarky piece in the Guardian and my response to it, but clearly this event is important and it does, most important of all, get people off their asses into a proactive, problem-solving state.

Town Meeting
With Artistic Directors
How to Bring More Plays By Women To Production, Now


Monday, October 27, 6 pm (doors open at 5:30)
at New Dramatists
44th Street between 9th and 10th Avenue

Introduction by Julia Jordan
Facilitated and Hosted by Todd London

The Following Theaters Have Been Invited:
New York Theater Workshop, The Public, Soho Rep, Rattlestick, The New Group, The Vineyard, Playwrights Horizons, Second Stage, The Roundabout, Lincoln Center Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, MCC, Primary Stages, The Atlantic

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1 comment:

Thomas Garvey said...

I guess we can look forward to more mediocre plays by women in the near future . . . I particularly like that command at the end, "NOW." (Yes, Mommy.) I wish I could believe that women were being discriminated against in the theatre, but as I've said before, the weakness of Theresa Rebeck's and Sarah Ruhl's work, which is nevertheless being showered with praise and awards, is strong evidence that the exact opposite may be true. Indeed, as a general social rule, I find that as a prejudice weakens, cries against it tend to increase rather than decrease. Of course Shakespeare's sister may be out there, somewhere - and more power to her! - but once she's discovered, Rebeck and Ruhl will be history.