From an interview on Adam Szymkowicz’s blog:
Q: If you could change one thing about theater, what would it be?
A: We’d get as excited about failure as we do about success. I wish there were places where I could just experiment – you know, hey people, this might not work but I’m going for it. Come watch it and tell me what you think. Sam Shepard had that freedom and there’s so much imagination and playfulness in his early plays. They don’t all work, but he was just writing and making and figuring it out by having productions go up. It’s hard to support that kind of work now.
This is why the Bay Area is lucky to have places like PlayGround, PianoFight, Sleepwalkers, SF Theater Pub….