Supporting creative work by women
Here are two recently published hot topic articles. Both are thought-provoking, but in different ways.
As you know, this blog was started to shed light on all things women in theatre and to support the 50/50 in 2020 grassroots efforts to create more opportunities for women in theatre. I read with a great anticipation Bitter Gertrude’s post about what she thinks holds women playwrights back in the selection process for production. The post, titled “A Common Problem I See in Plays by Women Playwrights. It’s Not What You Think”, offers a certainly interesting perspective. As do the comments on the post. Sure, there is a smattering of female playwrights chiming in about their plays and how to submit them (No blame here. Get your work out there.). But, many of the comments continue the discussion. What do you think? Is this thread on target?
Tammy Ryan’s incisive Howlround.com essay about guns in her plays is also a must read. Written in the aftermath of the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, playwright Ryan examines how much real estate guns and weapons hold in her work and what the ramifications of their use. The essay offers a thought-provoking perspective on the issue. Do yourself a favor and read the essay, if you haven’t.