Many times I thought I was going to stop doing these interviews. The thing is, I'm not running out of playwrights. There are scores of exciting, interesting and intelligent people writing plays right now. I'm constantly overwhelmed by it and I continue to learn a lot. So the series goes on. But while we're at a stopping point, (number 325, whooo!), I wanted to take a minute to talk to you about something.
I have been working hard trying to interview a balance of playwrights. It continues to be heavy on New York playwrights and there are probably still too many white people but I'm doing my best to show a snapshot of the playwriting world right now. One thing that continues to be a challenge is keeping a 50/50 balance of men and women. I felt like this is an important thing to do because there are an even number of men and women writing plays right now, but it's getting harder and harder for me to do this. Let me tell you why.
Women are not getting back to me with their interviews in the same numbers men are. I understand that playwrights are a busy people. If you didn't get back to me this is not me chastising you. It's just something I noticed. Also, when people approach me to suggest playwrights to interview, I get two male playwright suggestions for every one woman.
This is all to say that apocryphally I'm noticing women are not advocating for themselves as well as I wish they were and people of both sexes are not advocating for women as much as I wish they were.
If you want to tell me about some awesome playwright I haven't interviewed yet, by all means, please do. I have a long list of names already but I can always add to it. This is all I ask--try to give me two women for every one man you give me. Just try. And just in general, make a conscious effort to advocate for women. Thanks.