Everyone’s talking about the unprecedented consideration that The Washington Post Sunday Arts section has given to The State of DC Theater in a series of about 10 different articles. Here’s a link to the lead piece. The article points to our festival in an interesting way, suggesting that attention be paid to the experiment; to the investment being made on a new work written by a local author, with talent, time and resources being lavished on material whose pedigree we’d more regularly associate with “Fringe” or “workshop presentation.” THE RELIGION THING is occupying a major space in our season and the New Play Development efforts surrounding it and the 5 Locally Grown rehearsed readings have, necessarily, focussed us a theater toward the local, and away from a more comprehensive canvassing of new national offerings (although we have had two great Tea @ Two readings this fall featuring two hot plays on the national circuit — OUR SUBURB by Darrah Cloud (an homage to OUR TOWN) and BROKE by Janece Shaffer).
Are we doing the right thing? Is The Post right, in its showcasing of DC Playwrights, that what we really need next, in this theater town, is an aesthetic, and a series of voices, that really express who we are as a capital city; as a fusion of specific neighborhoods and communities?