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13P Theater Collective Set for Its Last Production

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.

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