Supporting creative work by women
The firestorm around the Wasserstein Prize rages on. And, for good reason. Female playwrights are severely underrepresented on the American stage.
In fact, 50/50 in 2020 was founded just last year to address this inequality. The initiative’s goal is to proactively work for parity for professional women theater artists by 2020 (the 100th anniversary of women’s suffrage in the U.S.).
Now, the Wasserstein Prize, only in its fourth year, one that is given for a play by an emerging female playwright, will not be awarded. Nor the $25,000, an amount every playwright I know would love to receive. This is indeed a setback, one that the theatre community can ill afford as Leonard Jacobs points out in his post on The Clyde Fitch Report.
So, again, I ask what can be done? In addition to my previous suggestions, you can also sign the Facebook petition that asks the panel to reconsider its decision regarding the Wasserstein Prize. The goal is 5,000 signatures. It takes only a few seconds to show your support for female playwrights and their work.