by Kitty Felde
So here’s some really big news that’s not yet public:
ALL the DC/VA/MD theatres are banding together and vowing to produce world premieres of plays by female playwrights.
It’s not official yet, but two different artistic directors have confirmed it.
This is a MAJOR step for female playwrights.
Unfortunately for DC writers, I don’t think it’s limited to us. Fortunately for you in Los Angeles, it looks like it will include you as well. So dig out that unproduced masterpiece and submit!
But more important than that, the challenge is on the table for theatres in OTHER cities – like LA – to follow suit. The pressure will be on THEM to produce ONE new play by a female playwright.
As soon as the DC theatre community makes it official, I’ll post the article and I’m asking each of YOU to send it to one or more theatres in LA.
One more word about being a playwright in DC. A recent study by our Dramatists Guild rep Gwydion Suilebhan showed that nearly one in three plays produced in Washington this coming season (2013-2014) are considered “new” – that means first, second or third productions. Unfortunately for local DC writers, fewer than 1 in ten plays is by a local writer, about half the number of locally written plays produced in DC during the previous season. Writers here ARE getting produced – just not in DC.
So LAFPI activists, start putting the pressure on LA theatres so I can get something produced out there!