Doing My Job As A So-Called Blogger

Although I prefer to think of myself as a playwright and not a blogger, I suppose I can’t deny the fact that this is technically a blog. And part of the deal with being a blogger is supposed to be linking up to good posts — which I tend to forget to do because I read everything on RSS feeds.

So okay: here are a few posts I’ve recently starred on Google Reader. Take a look; you might discover a blog you’ve never heard of, or find a conversation you want to jump into, or get an insight into what I do when I’m not writing plays or shooting zombies on Jeff’s Wii.

• The Next Stage has an inspiring post (via 99seats) about what theater gets right and how we can connect with audiences:

Out of all the art out there, we let our audience into the thing, invite them to be part of the thing. This is, I’m becoming more and more convinced every day, the greatest weapon in our marketing arsenal….

• Parabasis has a great post called “How Are We To Pay Playwrights? (Or For That Matter, Anybody)?” with thought-provoking comments like this from cnw:

When I lived in DC, a managing director I was close to said he ALWAYS wrote the smallest check to the playwright. Electricians — everyone — made more.

What other art form goes to a group of people for their core texts and then treats them with such disrespect?

I frankly don’t know why any of the playwrights I know (myself included) still write plays.

Maybe theatre will end up like opera — with a closed canon of classics that people come to see new interpretations of. I’m not sure that this would be a bad thing…

• And the aforementioned 99seats, one of the most provocative, well-written and generally kick-ass blogs out there, calls out institutional theaters who claim to be interested in outreach to younger artists but keep programming the same-old, same-old plays targeted to aging subscribers:

You don’t need more robust e-mail lists. You need to give young people something to bring them in. And, will you listen, it’s not just sex, hip-hop and drugs. You sound like Michael Steele when you do that. And these people aren’t stupid. So don’t treat them as such.

• To which commenter DPS responds:

The problem is that institutions don’t actually want younger audiences, they want younger versions of their older audiences — with the same tastes, the same manners, and the same pocketbook.

There’s a lot of good stuff out there, written by actual bloggers. So click away, why don’t you?