Friday, February 08, 2008
Alive and Easy to Find
I got an email this morning from a college student who is directing my play Food For Fish as one of his school projects. Because I'm alive and easy to locate online, he can ask me questions about the play and tell me about his production. Because I am poor, I can't actually go see it but that doesn't make me any less happy that it's happening. Earlier this morning I posted a comment on Jason's blog in response to something Mr. Walters said: I don't know about other playwrights but I also want my work to get seen. I want my words to be heard and my characters to breathe in many different bodies. I didn't get in this to have my play on a big stage. I got in it because I was an actor on a small stage and I fell in love with theater. And I wanted to make theater and I wanted my plays to be done all over the country on tiny stages. But eventually I figured out that the only way to get it to the tiny stages was to first get it on the big stages. I wish that weren't the way it is, but that's how it is. (Not to say anything bad about big stages because I bet it's pretty fucking great to have a show on a big stage.) In any case, what I'm saying is one theater is not enough. One town is not enough. Do I want a home? Yes, very much. But that home should introduce my work into the world, not keep the world from seeing it. You can see the discussion here to understand the context and what Scott is proposing in order to give playwrights homes. This student wouldn't be doing my play now if it weren't published. It wouldn't be published if it hadn't gotten a pretty great production in New York. And I'm sure the good review from the Times didn't hurt either. And after this student production, there will be another in North Dakota soon after. I am thrilled that my play will be a part of the early careers of these kids. And I am thrilled that it will be a part of their lives at this point, even if they don't all go on to be theater professionals, I am honored to play a part from afar. I mean, I'm sure Edward Albee would do in a pinch, but I'm glad it's me instead.