Shortly after “Melancholy Play” ends its run, so will 13P, which plans to wrap up with an anthology of its plays, an online oral history and a blowout party in September. The company was designed to produce one play for each member and then to vanish, an arrangement Ms. Washburn called the “implosion model.”
I love everything about this collective, from the plays that were written to its mission statement — “We don’t develop plays. We do them.” — to their predetermined demise. More theater companies and festivals should come with a built-in end date, thus avoiding the inevitable moment when it stops being about the work and starts being about sustaining an institution. And I’m definitely buying that anthology.