a new play and look at my political plays languishing.
"Breaking these questions down into their component
parts sheds even more light on the task facing a
political playwright as she begins work on a new play.
Let us imagine her thought process in simple language:
-- What should I write about in my experience of the
world? Should I write politically?
-- What kind of audience is there if I write
politically; does it exist?
-- What kinds of theatres exist to put on my political
plays; will they be able to pay me a living wage?
-- How am I to make a living as a writer in Hollywood
given the concerns that I express in my political
plays; are there TV and film producers who will hire
me based on these plays, so that I can make a living
-- What kind of chance do I have that there are
regional theatres across the United States that will
produce a political play following its initial
-- Are there people who have financial ties to these
theatres that may not want to hear what I have to say
about certain political issues, and will an artistic
director be thinking about their concerns when
programming a season?
-- What kinds of people are out there who might
threaten or try to harm or kill me if I write
-- Why should I write plays that put me at mortal or